Tourism & Cruises

Bernard Aronson won’t seek to stay on Royal Caribbean board

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.”

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.