Board of Directors
Meet our Board of Directors and view their bios
|Nominating and Corporate Governance
|Technology, Environmental, Safety & Security
Russell Galbut is the Managing Principal of Crescent Heights, one of America’s largest and most respected residential developers and brings decades of insights into complex projects to the Board of Directors. Having been active in the urban mixed-use real estate sector for more than 35 years, Russell has led development in more than 15 markets across the United States and has developed more than 50,000 residential units, including pioneering the condo hotel concept. Currently, Russell serves on the board of directors of Black Spade Acquisition Co and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. He has also previously served on multiple company boards, including New Beginnings Acquisition Corp., Prestige, Capital Bank, and Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Company.
Russell earned his Bachelor of Science from The School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and became a Florida licensed CPA (inactive license). Russell also earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law.
Russell is the Chairperson of the NCLH Board of Directors and serves on the NCLH Audit Committee and NCLH Nominating & Governance Committee.
David Abrams is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Velocity Capital Management, and shares over 25 years of experience in sports and entertainment, private equity, finance and investment banking with our Board of Directors. David was the Chief Investment Officer of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center and esports franchise, Dignitas. He was also the Founder and Managing Partner of the Apollo European Principal Finance Funds focusing on distressed assets and spent a decade at Credit Suisse as Managing Director, Leveraged Finance Group in London and New York. Before that, he founded and served as Head of the Specialty Finance Investment business and the Co-Head of the Global Distressed Sales and Trading Group. He began his career with roles in Investment Banking, Capital Markets, and Corporate Restructurings while at Bear Stearns and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette.
David earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
David serves on the NCLH Audit Committee and is the Chairperson of the NCLH TESS Committee.
Retired Rear Admiral Mary Landry spent more than 35 years with the U.S Government, including active duty in the U.S Coast Guard and serving on The White House National Security Council. She brings extensive expertise on maritime operations and deep insights into risk mitigation, preparedness, resilience, and cybersecurity to the Board of Directors. During her service, Rear Admiral Landry served as Commander of the largest Coast Guard district encompassing 26 states, 1,200 miles of coastline, and 10,300 miles of inland rivers. She also led more than 10,000 active, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary servicemen across 11 mission areas, and managed U.S capital assets, including three air stations, seven sectors, and various Coast Guard vessels. In her roles with the U.S. Coast Guard and the White House, Ms. Landry worked on cybersecurity preparedness, policy and guidance. Rear Admiral Landry currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Automobile Association (USAA), the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Florida Chapter and as an advisory board member of Sea Machines Robotics
Rear Admiral Landry earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Buffalo, a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and completed the National Security Fellowship from Harvard University. She also holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight and has a Corporate Director Certificate from Harvard Business School. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and is NACD Directorship Certified®.
Rear Admiral Landry serves on the NCLH TESS Committee, the NCLH Nominating & Governance Committee, and is the Chairperson for the NCLH Compensation Committee.
Stella David is the former Chief Executive Officer of William Grant & Sons Limited, an international spirit’s company. She brings extensive experience running multi-national corporations, marketing and branding to NCLH’s Board of Directors. Stella also previously served as Interim Chief Executive Officer for C&J Clark Limited, an international shoe manufacturer and retailer, and held various senior-level positions at Bacardi Ltd., including Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, and as the Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi’s U.K, Irish, Dutch & African business. With decades of experience, Stella holds profound understanding of the premium and luxury market, corporate governance, and risk management. She serves on multiple boards, including Domino’s Pizza Group plc, Entain plc, Bacardi Limited and Vue International. She also previously served on the boards of HomeServe Plc, C&J Clark Limited and Nationwide Building Society.
Stella received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Cambridge University.
Stella serves on the NCLH TESS Committee and is the Chairperson for the NCLH Nominating & Governance Committee.
Harry Curtis is the former Managing Director of Instinet, a Nomura subsidiary focused on research, trading, and data analytics for institutional investors and securities traders, and brings his approximately 30 years of experience in equity research specializing in the gaming, lodging and leisure industry to NCLH’s Board of Directors. His strengths include deep cruise industry knowledge, ability to identify investor sentiment and a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers of our business model. He developed a wide following and has been recognized by institutional investors for his financial expertise and innovation in equity research. Previously Harry served as Managing Director of Chilton investment Co. and was Managing Director at JP Morgan.
Harry earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Connecticut College, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Harry serves on the NCLH Compensation Committee and is the Chairperson for the NCLH Audit Committee.
Zilla Byng-Thorne is the former Chief Executive Officer of Future plc, a global platform for specialist media. She is a seasoned manager focused on driving operational excellence with a proven record for developing talent at the senior level, and brings extensive experience in the technology sector, spanning specialty areas such as online gaming, digital media, and e-commerce to NCLH’s Board of Directors. She also previously served as the interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Trader Media Group (owner of AutoTrader), Commercial Director and Chief Financial Officer of Fitness First and the Chief Financial Officer at Thresher Group. She also has extensive experience as a board member and currently serves as Chairperson of TrustPilot Group plc. She is a former member of the board of directors of Future plc, Flutter Entertainment plc, THG plc and GoCo Group plc.
Zillah earned her Master of Arts in Management from Glasgow University, her Master of Science in Behavioral Change from Henley Business School, is a Chartered Management Accountant (The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), and a Qualified Treasurer (Association of Corporate Treasurers).
Zillah serves on the NCLH Audit Committee and on the NCLH Compensation Committee.
Harry Sommer is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH), which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and brings more than 30 years of experience in the cruise industry. Harry previously served as President & CEO of NCLH’s largest cruise line, Norwegian Cruise Line, where he oversaw the brand’s entire operations. Under his leadership, the cruise line successfully navigated the industry’s toughest period in history and successfully relaunched operations after a more than 500-day pause. Simultaneously, he led the company to introduce the first-in-class Norwegian Prima, the first of six ships in the brand’s new class of ships and led the brand to record-breaking bookings in 2022. Previously, Harry served as President, International for NCLH, where he oversaw all international sales, marketing, and business development functions in markets beyond the United States and Canada.
During his decades in the industry, Harry held various executive and senior management roles in major cruise companies such as Prestige Cruise holdings, Renaissance Cruises, and Viking River Cruises. He also co-founded Luxury Cruise Center, a high-end travel agency specializing in premium and luxury cruise experiences.
Harry earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College in New York, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Pace University in New York. Harry is also a Certified Public Accountant and serves on the NCLH Board of Directors.
José E. Cil is the former Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), which owns of some of the most iconic restaurant brands in the world, such as Burger King®, Tim Hortons®, Popeyes® and Firehouse Subs®. He is an exceptional leader with a proven track record of driving growth both domestically and internationally and brings decades of experience and extensive knowledge of the restaurant industry to the Board of Directors. Before being promoted to CEO of RBI, José spent 20 years in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Burger King, including Burger King Global President and President of Burger King Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). He also has extensive experience as a board member and currently serves as a director of privately held Restaurant Brands Iberia, the largest restaurant company in the Iberian Peninsula. He is a former member of the board of directors for Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., as well as the Burger King McLamore Foundation.
José is a graduate of Tulane University and started his career practicing law after earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
José serves on the NCLH Audit Committee.