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Valletta Cruise Port announces new appointments

Valletta Cruise Port plc the operator of the Valletta Cruise and Ferry Terminal facilities and of the Valletta Waterfront destination, is proud to present two new Senior Management members with effect from July 2015. 

Karl Azzopardi has been appointed as the Head of Operations and Projects, and will be playing a key role in chalking out Valletta Cruise Port’s overall operational and project development strategy, including recommendations for the best use of organisational resources. Karl is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of experience in the field of project management, operations and facilities management. Between 2002 and 2007, Karl formed part of the Valletta Cruise Port management team that worked on the design and delivery of the Valletta Waterfront destination.  The experiences gained in the field of mixed used and commercial projects, will be an invaluable contributor to enhance the destination’s capacity and products’ delivery.

Andre Parnis is taking on the role of Head of Finance and Corporate Services and will be responsible for the development of financial strategies in line with the business objectives and in conformity with industry standards. Andre, an accountancy graduate joins the group with 16 years of audit, financial control and senior management experience. Having worked for the past 13 years with a leading retail and property investment group on the island, Andre brings with him a wealth of experience that will contribute towards the development and implementation of Valletta Cruise Port’s vision.

From left to right: Karl Azzopardi, Head of Operations; Stephen Xuereb, CEO; Andre Parnis, Head of Finance and Corporate Services

Stephen Xuereb, Chief Executive Officer of Valletta Cruise Port plc, said that the team is being tasked with the delivery of Valletta Cruise Port plc’s vision to be one of the leading cruise ports in the Mediterranean, and ensuring that Valletta Waterfront remains a prime leisure destination. “Valletta Cruise Port is already rated very highly in terms of service delivery. Indeed for the fourth consecutive year, Valletta Cruise Port has been named as the Best Turnaround Port Operator 2014 by Cruise Insight, an award recognising the impeccable service delivered by the port, its responsiveness, and the continued development of its facilities in the past years. Since its official launch in June 2005, the Valletta Waterfront destination with its coloured doors has become a recognisable icon, embraced by locals and foreigners alike. Andre and Karl, will play a major role in shaping how we can augment this positive experience even further and continue to exceed expectations,” he concluded.


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