Thomas Hogan, a highly accomplished finance professional with extensive experience in the hospitality industry, has been named vice president of finance – shipboard operations for Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator.

As vice president of finance – shipboard operations, Hogan is responsible for accounting functions, financial and operational analysis, shipboard payroll, and financial technology for Carnival’s 23-ship fleet.  He reports to Anne Bramman, Carnival’s senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Prior to joining Carnival, Hogan served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Talisker Mountain, Inc., which operates multiple business units including hotels, ski resorts and golf courses, as well as restaurants, retail outlets and real estate holdings.

He also spent 10 years at Marriott International, where he held a number of executive positions, including vice president of corporate finance, vice president global asset management, and vice president of corporate finance and new business development for the organization’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company division.

Hogan earned a bachelor of science in accounting and a master’s of business administration from the University of Maryland.

“I couldn’t be more excited to have Tom join the Carnival team. His breadth of experience and knowledge of the hospitality industry will pay large dividends as we continue to invest in building our finance organization,” said Bramman. “The Carnival organization is committed to thoughtful change and innovation in all areas of our business and we look forward to Tom’s contributions to the future growth and success of our company,” she added.

Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®,” with 23 “Fun Ships” operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Europe, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand.  The company will expand its fleet with the launch of 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze, which is scheduled to enter service June 3, 2012.