Royal Caribbean Cruises is losing a longtime member of its board of directors.
The Miami-based company said this week that Bernard Aronson, who has been a director since 1993, has decided not to stand for reelection at the annual shareholders meeting in May. He was the longest-serving outside director on the board.
In February, Aronson was named U.S. special envoy to the Colombian peace process by President Barack Obama; he cited the responsibilities of that job as the reason for not continuing the Royal Caribbean role.
“Serving on the Royal Caribbean board has been a privilege and a joy,” he said in a statement. “The culture of a company is its most valuable asset, and I know that the culture of excellence, service and ‘wow’ that Royal Caribbean embodies will continue under the board's leadership.”
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Aronson is founding partner of ACON Investments. He served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs from 1989 to 1993.
Royal Caribbean Cruises owns several cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises.