Ben Clement has been named vice president – new builds and Paul Weber vice president – supply chain at Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines.
As vice president – new builds, Clement oversees the construction of Carnival’s two new 130,000‐ton ships – Carnival Magic, set to debut May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012. He also works closely with the company’s interior designers and product development team, as well as Carnival Corporation & plc’s shipbuilding division and the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy where both ships are being built.
Clement joined Carnival in 1997 as a supervisor – food and beverage technical services and held several management positions within the hotel operations department before transferring to the shipbuilding division in 2006.
Prior to joining Carnival, Clement spent six years at Industries Maritimes Serra Frere, a shipyard in his native France, where he was responsible for the repair and refurbishment of mega‐yachts, naval vessels and cruise ships. He also spent seven years in the French Merchant Marine and a year in the French navy.
A resident of South Miami, Fla., Clement holds a bachelor’s degree in physics/mathematics as well as a Diploma of First Class Merchant Officer (Deck & Engine).
Clement reports to Lania Rittenhouse, Carnival’s vice president for product development.
Weber joined the Carnival organization in 2002 as vice president – technical purchasing for parent company Carnival Corporation & plc. Prior to that, he held a number of positions, including general manager of the purchasing and materials management group for Stolt-Nielsen, a global operator of chemical tankers, for 10 years.
In his new position as vice president – supply chain for Carnival Cruise Lines, Weber is responsible for all of the company’s wide-ranging purchasing operations, which encompasses supplying all food, beverage, hotel and technical supplies necessary for Carnival's 22-vessel fleet. He is also responsible for the cruise line’s logistics and warehousing operations.
A member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) and currently serving on the SNAME Investments Committee, Weber earned his bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in Glen Cove, N.Y., and his master’s degree in ocean systems management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He resides in Weston, Fla.
Weber reports to Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president of ship operations.
“Ben and Paul each bring diverse, wide-ranging experiences to their respective positions and their extensive knowledge and expertise are tremendous assets to the Carnival organization,” Rodriguez said.
Carnival is the most popular cruise line in the world with 22 “Fun Ships” operating voyages from three to 16 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda and the Panama Canal.
The line currently has two new 130,000-ton ships on order – Carnival Magic, set to debut in Europe May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, scheduled to enter service in spring 2012.