Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Seabourn President Dies at 53 ...

Heart Attack Claims Trailblazer: Deborah L. Natansohn, president and COO of Seabourn Cruise Line, and a highly respected pioneer for women aspiring to cruise industry leadership roles, died on Oct. 24 at Fort Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital, with family at her side. Natansohn, 53, had suffered a heart attack on Sunday, Oct. 22, after becoming Seabourn president in July, 2004, and guiding the ultra-luxury line to the most successful period in its history. Natansohn arrived at Seabourn from Cunard, where she'd been senior vp of sales/marketing. Earlier this year, Natansohn was honored with a Glass Ceiling Award by the Jewish Museum of Florida, and was named one of Florida's top 50 women biz leaders by The Center for Leadership at Florida International University. Well-known and immensely well-liked, Natansohn became the first female cruise line president in the United States when landing the top post at Orient Lines in 1998. A former editor with Travel Trade and a former AP staffer, Natansohn also spent five years in London with Arthur Frommer International, and directing marketing for Travellers International. She'll be missed ... -30-, Debbie, -30- .

1 Comments:

Blogger John Smith said...

Well, that was a young age. One offset of having cruise ship jobs is that you have to be far away from the people you know and your love ones. Although, there will be many new friends and sort of family on board, it is still different to be in your own neighborhood...

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