New Albany, Ind., based American Queen Steamboat Company (AQSC), a leader in U.S. river cruising, has appointed Brian P. Powell as Chief Marketing Officer of AQSC and sister company Victory Cruise Lines. In this role, Powell will lead the strategic marketing efforts for the growing AQSC and Victory fleets.
Powell has 33 years of travel industry experience in both the airline and cruising industry. He joins AQSC and Victory after a successful 20 year career at Royal Caribbean Cruises, where he held director and executive positions in guest travel services, revenue management, and marketing. In marketing, Powell held various roles with the Celebrity Cruises brand which included leading product development, direct & loyalty marketing, and consumer insights & marketing analytics.
Prior to that, he spent 12 years with American Airlines. were he was a member of American’s sales leadership team in Coral Gables, Fla/ which developed American’s presence in South Florida during the buildup of its Miami Caribbean/Latin American hub.
“We are thrilled to have Brian join the team to drive our marketing initiatives,” says Ares Michaelides, president of American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines. “His well-rounded and extensive travel experience will be invaluable as we plan our strategies and deliverables for expansion and future growth.”
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate of Ohio State University, Powell is currently living in Coral Gables and will be relocating to the Greater Louisville area.