Richard Brilliant, a 17-year Carnival veteran, has been named senior vice president of management advisory services and chief audit executive for Miami-based Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest cruise vacation group.

In this capacity, Brilliant is responsible for managing an international team of approximately 60 professionals and reports to Howard Frank, vice chairman and chief operating officer as well as the audit committee of the board of directors.

Brilliant began his career with the Carnival organization in 1994 as a senior financial/operational auditor. He held multiple audit and advisory positions prior to being named vice president and chief audit executive in 2006.

His wide-ranging accomplishments have included overseeing the corporation's global financial and operational internal audit projects, designing and implementing the SOX 404 compliance program, and implementing the Enterprise Risk Management Framework.

Brilliant has also been involved with various due diligence activities associated with Carnival's acquisition of other cruise lines and he was responsible for establishing the internal audit functions at several of the corporation’s international brands.

“Over the past 15-plus years, Richard has been a tremendous asset to our company and has provided significant contributions to improved controls and governance, process improvements and increased profitability,” said Frank.  “In addition to possessing a wealth of industry knowledge and experience in his field, he is highly dedicated and plays a vital role in the continued success of Carnival’s global operations.”

Prior to joining Carnival, Brilliant began his career with Kenneth Leventhal & Company in their Hospitality Consulting Services Group.

Brilliant graduated from the University of Florida and subsequently obtained his Masters of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida International University. He continues to be closely involved with FIU as a member of the board of directors for the FIU foundation where he also serves as treasurer and chairman of the finance and audit committee.