Former Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief executive Andy Stuart is standing down from the board of Global Ports Holding after less than a year.

Stuart joined the world’s largest independent cruise port operator as a non-executive director in February before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the suspension of global cruise sailings.

The company, which runs ports in Europe, the Caribbean and Asia, said: “Andy Stuart has notified the board of his wish to step down from the board for personal reasons.

“Mr Stuart will step down from the board on the 18th of November 2020.

“The process of appointing an additional non-executive director, with relevant industry experience will commence shortly.”

Global Ports Holding chairman and co-founder Mehmet Kutman said: “The board would like to thank Andy for his contribution to the group during what has been a very challenging time for the cruise industry and we wish him well for future.”

Stuart left NCL at the end of 2019 after more than 30 years with the company.