CMI Leisure strengthens its management team

CMI-Leisure Management has announced a number of key management changes, strengthening its management team, according to a press release.

“To serve our existing and new Infinity Ships customers, we are pleased to announce the following promotions and additions to our team of professionals,” said Dietmar Wertanzl, President and CEO of CMI-Leisure Management.

Anne Marie Tompkins, after serving the organization for nearly 13 years, was promoted from Director of Human Resources to Vice President of Human Resources.

Tompkins has extensive experience implementing and managing onboard and corporate HR operations for major cruise lines and ship management companies. His responsibilities include: international recruitment, crew planning, succession planning, compliance with international regulations (ISM, STCW, MLC 2006), implementation of HR policy and procedures, employee relations , payroll administration, and more for the company’s growing fleet.

Albert Kopp has been promoted from Director of Onboard Administration to Vice President of Hotel Operations.

He will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the hotel operation. Kopp’s career spans almost 30 years of experience on board and ashore. Beginning his oceangoing career in 1993, he has held a variety of positions, from Sous Chef to Hotel Manager and Special Project Manager at cruise lines such as Deilman Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Taylor Smith joined the company as vice president of finance. Smith is a global finance leader with a proven track record of building high performing teams and driving financial and operational excellence in high growth environments around the world. He has extensive expertise across various industries, functions and global geographies, and he will oversee all finance, accounting and corporate administration functions.

From 2016 to 2021, Smith served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at CTI Group Worldwide Services. He led the global talent acquisition finance function for all major cruise lines in CTI Group’s Southeast Asia offices. Prior to that, he spent 12 years with the Accenture/Microsoft Avanade joint venture, where he helped grow the global finance function in their digital and cloud services business.

Bertrand Petyt is also joining the company in a newly created position as Director of Hotel Operations Fleet. In this role, he will lead all Hotel Managers onboard CMI vessels and report to the Vice President of Hotel Operations. Petyt brings 20 years of experience managing hotel operations in cruise and land-based hotel environments, including starting cruise ships and opening North American luxury hotels.

He held operational management positions for the Sofitel Hotels brand in the United States and as Corporate Fleet HR Manager for Regent Seven Seas Cruises before taking on the role of Business Manager for V.Ships. He oversaw the recruitment, training and consulting services of V.Ships Leisure, working closely with hotels and cruise lines to define and implement their strategies for human resources, operational standards, recruitment, brand development and training. He worked on board Silversea Cruises as Hotel Manager before joining V.Ships Leisure as Commercial Manager.

Petyt is an adjunct professor of management at the International University of Monaco. He is responsible for Hotel Operations Management and Human Resource Management courses for Masters students and Leadership courses for Bachelors students. He is an advisor to the board of trustees of Long Island University.

Wertanzl added: “We are delighted to have these experienced industry professionals in our organization with the promotions and the addition of our new colleagues, I am confident that we will be in a strong position to face the growth of our organization.”