Chris Chiames

Chris Chiames is chief communications officer for Carnival Cruise Line.  He joined the world’s largest cruise line in 2018 and brings a strong track record of accomplishment in communications leadership across travel and technology.

Prior to joining Carnival, Chris held executive leadership positions in aviation (Airlines4America, American Airlines, US Airways), and travel technology and distribution (Orbitz Worldwide and Sabre).  He also led the travel and tourism public affairs practice at Burson-Marsteller (now BSW) during the travel industry’s critical response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and subsequent financial crisis.  His assignments have included financial restructurings, IPOs and mergers & acquisitions, major product and service rollouts, industrial accidents, terrorism and technology security events, government investigations and regulatory scrutiny, and labor negotiations and work disruptions.  His scope of duties has included public relations, government affairs, employee communications, community affairs, investor relations and customer relations.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University, Fresno, a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He has been honored by the Public Relations Society of America and the California State University, Fresno School of Media, Communications & Journalism, among others.  He is a member of the Arthur Page Society for senior communications executives and has served on the academic advisory board for both the Southern Methodist University Department of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs and the University of Florida Department of Public Relations.  Chris is also the co-host of the popular podcast “Airlines Confidential,” which airs weekly on all major podcast platforms.

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