April 30, 2010
Windstar Cruises parent makes leadership appointment
Ambassadors International, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMIE) , the parent company of Windstar Cruises, has appointed Hans Birkholz as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ambassadors International Inc., and Chief Executive Officer of Windstar Cruises. Birkholz will start with the company on May 10, 2010.
"I am delighted to welcome Hans Birkholz to Ambassadors and look forward to his contribution to the Company," said Art Rodney, Ambassadors interim Chief Executive Officer and Board Member.
Birkholz reports to Ambassadors' Board of Directors. Mark Detillion, Chief Financial Officer of Ambassadors, and Diane Moore, President of Windstar Cruises, will report to Birkholz.
Birkholz most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Grand Expeditions, Inc. Prior to that he was Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing and later Co-President of The Moorings, the world's largest sailing vacation company.
Before launching his travel industry career, Birkholz' was Director of Brand Marketing for the Olive Garden, Darden Restaurants, Inc. He has a master's degree in business administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota.