Thomas E. (Ted) Blamey
Over a career spanning more than 30 years Ted Blamey has been a cruise industry pioneer. He served as President and Chief Executive of one of the world’s major cruise lines (Sitmar International, Los Angeles and Monaco), having been Managing Director of Sitmar Cruises Australasia (Sydney) and Engagement Manager and strategic consultant at McKinsey and Company (Sydney and London). He was subsequently CEO of Australia’s largest retail travel group (Ansett Retail/Traveland) and Chairman of the Sydney Ports Authority.
Through the 1980s Sitmar redefined cruising in the South Pacific and South-East Asia to become the dominant cruise line in that part of the world within 6 years. The innovations by Ted Blamey and his team in product, distribution and marketing continue to this day. Some examples include:
- finding and developing unspoiled islands throughout the South Pacific, a completely new destination type; replacing 17+ with 10 to 12 night cruises while retaining port density; opening up South-east Asia to cruising;
- creating a broad market for cruising driven by new, shorter cruise itineraries, cut-through pricing, ”fly-free”, branding and advertising, brochures and consumer communications, inventory management and retail initiatives;
- delivering compelling benefits to travel agents by closing company sales outlets around the nation, placing all business through retailers, establishing commission protection programs, bringing travel agents from across the nation for on-board inspections;
- creating new shipboard features and entertainment concepts (such as deck night-club, pizzeria, ice-cream parlour, theatre-at-sea);
- achieving continuous improvement through on-board passenger research, analysis and corrective action.
Then, as President and CEO of Sitmar International, Ted Blamey initiated the first significant cruise industry consolidation, leading to the merging of Sitmar’s and P&O/Princess’ worldwide interests through outright sale of the Sitmar companies. This move set the tone for the industry’s next decade.
He founded CHART Management Consultants in 1997 and has since served CEOs and senior executives of cruise lines, government bodies and destinations across the globe on a wide variety of consulting assignments, usually with a strategic focus.
Ted is a frequent speaker at global cruise industry events. He leads courses for government, port and tourism executives on the global cruise industry.
In recent years Ted has built additional expertise in Asia. CHART’s seminal White Paper for the Asia Cruise Association “The Cruise Industry in Asia 2013 and Beyond: Information, Intelligence, Insights” was launched at the major regional convention in October 2103. The Cruise Shipping Development Strategy CHART undertook for Papua New Guinea has led to that nation becoming a hot new destination for large cruise ship lines.
Ted holds an Honours degree in Applied Science from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard.
He was made Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute in 1986 and Visiting Fellow of the Seatrade Academy in 2011.
Ted / CHART is a member of the Asia Cruise Association, of CLIA Australasia and of Cruise Down Under.
At various times resident of Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, South Florida, London, Monte Carlo, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, Ted is now based in Sydney, Australia, but is regularly to be found with clients in other parts of the world.
In addition to his consulting work, Ted has taught as Adjunct Professor at Boston University’s Sydney program, serves on boards, finance and strategy committees of various non-profit organisations in Australia, including as Councillor of The Harvard Club of Australia, chairing its non-profit Fellowship Program and founding its Leaders’ Workshop. He is immediate Past President of The American Club in Sydney.
He is a Life Member of the Harvard Club of Australia and of The American Club.
Captain Luigi Nappa
Over 20 years on board cruise ships, from the early days of the modern cruise industry, Luigi Nappa progressed through deck and navigating officer ranks to Second-in-Command (Staff Captain). Along the way he gained comprehensive hands-on experience that has proven invaluable to decision making at senior management level, including supervising major refit and ship conversion projects as the cruise line’s senior shipyard representative.
Coming to a senior executive role ashore, he took responsibility for all the marine and hotel operations of a major cruise line throughout the South Pacific and South-East Asia including overseeing destinations, on-board product, navigation and port relationships.
As General Manager, Operations and Passenger Services for Sitmar Cruises (and later for P&O Cruises Australasia), Luigi was the primary executor of Sitmar’s product innovations, such as their “unspoiled islands” concept, now the mainstay of all cruise itineraries in the region. His creativity and attention to detail led to many successful cruise industry firsts in on-board product delivery and enhanced guest experiences. He led such diverse projects as shipboard waste management, development of seasonal menus, on-board retail concepts, identifying operating cost savings.
Luigi was deeply involved in the Cruise Shipping Development Strategy CHART undertook for Papua New Guinea, working also with local communities and ports of call, leading to that nation becoming a hot new destination for large cruise ship lines.
Captain Nappa holds both the Italian and the Liberian Master Mariner’s Certificate.
Rod Davies has extensive experience in sales, marketing, planning, operations and general management, both domestically and internationally, covering roles in aviation, cruising, hospitality and leisure.
Rod Davies’ cruise industry background includes market research and analysis, product design and planning, financial planning and yield management, port-of-call negotiation and evaluation and implementation of business systems and procedures. He served as Director of Market Planning first for Sitmar Australasia and then at Sitmar International in Los Angeles. He was General Manager of South Pacific Cruise Services (Dolphin) and at Norwegian Capricorn Line before joining a hotel and other leisure industry companies.
Rod was the analytical force behind CHART’s seminal White Paper for the Asia Cruise Association “The Cruise Industry in Asia 2013 and Beyond: Information, Intelligence, Insights”.
Rod has an Economics Degree from Macquarie University and a Post Graduate Diploma of Financial Management from the University of New England.
Graeme J Gillies
Graeme Gillies has been associated with the cruise industry for more than 30 years.
He began as an entertainment production manager with the Sitmar Cruises in 1981 and went on to spend more than 7 years at sea primarily as a Cruise Director. This period was spent in the South Pacific, South East Asia and the Orient.
Graeme also held the management position responsible for passenger programs and entertainment for Sitmar / P&O Cruises (Australia) for 7 years. In this period he worked closely with regional tour and port operators throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Graeme has enjoyed working as an independent consultant to Awani Cruises (Indonesia); Norwegian Capricorn Line; and Orion Expedition Cruises.
Since 1997 Graeme has managed his own creative entertainment company – Grayboy Entertainment – based in Sydney. Amongst other key areas, the business is Australia’s leading supplier of entertainment services for the international cruise industry. This includes intensive start-ups of new cruise projects as well as the ongoing supply of entertainment productions.