Cunard president Simon Palethorpe is to take on the extended role of president of Carnival UK, with Josh Weinstein moving to become chief operations officer of Carnival Corporation after three years in the position.

Weinstein will report directly to Carnival Corporation chief executive Arnold Donald and will continue to oversee Carnival UK operations in his new role.

Weinstein said: “Simon has built a highly successful track record of producing results in leading Cunard, one of the most iconic brands in not just cruising but the maritime industry.

“I look forward to Simon expanding his role and impact in leading all of Carnival UK and supporting both P&O Cruises, the quintessential British brand, and Cunard, whose luxury ships set the standard for sophisticated travel.”

Palethorpe, who joined Cunard in 2016, has overseen several launches and campaigns for the brand, including Cunard’s investment in Queen Mary 2’s remastering.

Before joining Cunard, Palethorpe held senior roles at Terra Firma Capital Partners, PepsiCo, Avis Europe Plc. and John Lewis. He also managed a portfolio of online businesses in the food, chocolate, cosmetics and ticketing industries.

Weinstein’s new responsibilities will include oversight of major operational functions, including global maritime, global ports and destinations, global sourcing, global IT and global auditing.

Arnold Donald said: “Josh is a highly talented executive with extensive industry experience and institutional knowledge who will add important strength to our senior leadership team.

“We are leveraging our pause in cruising to make a number of strategic changes within our business, including this important role, which is designed to strengthen our global operations and position the company and our brands for the future.”

Weinstein’s career with Carnival Corporation has included 10 years as the company’s treasurer, as well as five years as an lawyer in the corporate legal department.

He said: “I am grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to taking on this important role at a critical time for our company.

“I certainly realise that many opportunities and challenges lie ahead as we look to restart our cruise operations around the globe. As we navigate this unprecedented time, we are fortunate to have world-class brands and extraordinary team members across the global organisation with a proven track record of success to build on as we look toward returning to what we do best, which is providing our guests with the world’s best vacation experience.”