Royal Caribbean Cruises announced today that Paul T. Parker has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer. 

Parker joins Royal Caribbean with more than 20 years of experience implementing human resources strategies for leading brands including Sabra Dipping Company, Deloitte & Touche, Colgate Palmolive, Campbell Soup and Nabisco Food Company. Parker will report directly to Adam Goldstein, president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

"What made Paul stand out for us during the interview process was his comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art best practices in human resources management," said Goldstein.  "His background and skills are ideally suited for the role of leading and managing our HR organization as we strive to identify, hire, develop, motivate and retain the best employees, both shipboard and shoreside, responsible for providing our guests with extraordinary vacations."

Parker most recently served as vice president and chief human resources officer for Sabra Dipping Company, where he established a market-based compensation system, revised the selection and onboarding process and reduced turnover by 50 percent while increasing employee engagement scores by 25 percent.  Prior to that, Parker was the senior client partner for BSG Partners.  Throughout his career, he has held a variety of management positions, including chief people officer for Deloitte and vice president of human resources for Colgate Palmolive.

Parker graduated from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a MBA, and from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Human Resource Management.

As of December 31, 2014, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., excluding the 50 percent joint venture, TUI Cruises, employed more than 64,000 employees, including 58,000 shipboard employees as well as 5,700 full-time and 600 part-time employees in our shoreside operations.