A new chairman has been named by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings while a retired US coast guard chief has joined the board of the company.

Russell Galbut, the boss of a US condominium developer, has succeeded Walter Revell as chairman.

Revell stepped down from the position after three years and more than 20 years on the board of the owner of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

The company’s annual meeting yesterday also saw retired US coast guard rear admiral Mary Landry elected as a new independent director.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio said: “We look forward to Russell serving as the next chairman of the board.

“His experience and extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, along with his significant contributions to the board made him the ideal candidate for the role.”

Galbut added: “Mary’s significant experience in maritime operations, various leadership roles within the US Coast Guard and risk management expertise made her a perfect candidate for the board, and we are confident that her leadership will have a meaningful impact on Norwegian’s future growth.”

Galbut was a board member of Prestige Cruises International from September 2005 until Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ acquisition of the business in 2014.

Landry had 35-year career with the US government including service on the White House National Security Council as special assistant to the president and senior director for resilience policy from 2013 to 2014, and active duty in the US Coast Guard.