Impressing a man like Arnold Donald, 3rd from left, one of the 50 most influential black executives in America, isn’t simple, but celebrity artist Jamaal Rolle, 2nd from left, did it with this image of the man he had never met before. Also pictured is Chamber Chairman Robert Myers, left and CEO Edison Sumner, far right.
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than 150 people packed the Billfish Grill at Palm Cay for the recent
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation’s ‘Wind Down,’
its annual mix and mingle for business
owners, top executives and civic leaders.
The drawing card – one of America’s most prominent success stories,
Arnold W. Donald, President & CEO of Carnival Corp., the massive
cruise line company he has steered for less than two years, sailing
through challenges to emerge as a $33 billion corporation
with nine cruise ship brands and 121,000 employees.
Donald’s visit to The Bahamas, along with other Carnival execs, was
arranged by the American Embassy. Donald used the occasion to remind the
audience and media of the company’s role as the number one provider of
visitors to the country – including 95% of all
cruise passengers to Grand Bahama and 65% to Nassau, but he also urged
care and attention to costs, security and overall visitor experience.
Recognized as one of the top 50 most influential black executives in
America, Donald got his first taste of the cruise
business as a passenger as a young man and after heading up numerous
other successful businesses and serving on presidential, hospital and
university boards, took over the reins of the world’s largest leisure
cruise business in June 2013 from Micky Arison
who continues as chairman.
Sponsors for the event included Bahamas First, BTC, Callenders, John
Bull, NUA and Palm Cay. BTC President Leon Williams, who also addressed
the crowd, announced the telecom company would soon introduce mobile