Sarina Bratton, Chairman – Asia Pacific, PONANT.
Considered Australia’s “First Lady” of cruising, Mrs Bratton, who was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to tourism, particularly the cruise ship industry, and to business, in the 2014 Australia Day Honours, pioneered luxury expedition cruising in the Asia Pacific region when she founded market-leading five-star Orion Expedition Cruises in 2004. Mrs Bratton served as Managing Director of the company until early 2013 when she sold her remaining shares in the company.
The high point of a career that has taken her from nationally ranked sportswoman in three fields to the first female founder of a shipping line was her achievement in creating Australasia’s only world-class, five-star expedition cruise line rated as a world leader in sustainability and environmental conscience.
In her new Sydney-based role, Mrs Bratton spearheads PONANT’s international development, with a specific focus on the Asia Pacific region, as both key destinations and source markets.