After seven years as managing director of the Americas for Silversea Cruises, Mark Conroy will be transitioning to a position of senior advisor supporting the cruise line's sales team. He will be replaced by Joe Leon, who moves from head of trade sales to head of sales.
Conroy has been a presence in the travel industry for 50 years and has served in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout his tenure. Most notably, Conroy led start-up Diamond Cruises, which later merged with Seven Seas Cruise Line to become Radisson, and later Regent Seven Seas Cruises. He was also the president of Renaissance Cruises, vice president of sales for Royal Viking Line, and director of group sales and passenger services for Norwegian Cruise Line. He was inducted into CLIA's Cruise Industry Hall of Fame in 2013.
"All of us at Silversea Cruises are incredibly grateful to Mark for his contributions over the years, and we congratulate him on 50 successful years in the travel and hospitality industry – a truly remarkable achievement," said Barbara Muckermann, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises. "At the forefront of our U.S. operations, Mark has played a vital role in our company's growth in the market since joining in 2016… by continuously building strong personal relationships with travel agents throughout the region. Few people possess Mark's depth of knowledge, experience, and expertise in the luxury cruise segment; he has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on our industry."
"After 50 years in the travel and hospitality industry, I step back from my position as managing director, the Americas, continuing to lend my expertise as a senior advisor to support our cruise line's strategic growth," Conroy said. "I would like to thank our trade partner community, many of whom have become close friends, for their inspirational commitment to our guests. Their support has been, and will continue to be, of fundamental importance to the cruise line's sales strategy."