Mr. Ashford has served as Executive Chairman of Azamara Cruises since March 2021. Prior to joining Azamara, Mr. Ashford served as the President of Holland America Line Inc. at Carnival Plc. from December 2014 until June 2020, leading the awardwinning cruise line’s brand and business. Between 2012 and 2014, Mr. Ashford was the President of the Talent business segment for Mercer, a global consulting leader. Prior to Mercer he served as Senior Vice-President, Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer of Mercer’s parent company Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan, in 2008, Mr. Ashford held several other leadership roles including as Group Director of Human Resources for Eurasia and Africa for the Coca-Cola Company and as Vice President of Global Human Resources Strategy and Organizational Development for Motorola, Inc. He has also held leadership positions with Mercer Delta Consulting, Ameritech and Andersen Consulting.
Mr. Ashford serves on the board of directors for ITT Inc. (until May 2022), Perrigo Company, Array Technologies, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, and ClubCorp.
Mr. Ashford earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Industrial Technology from Purdue University.