Kathryn Beadle (pictured), managing director of Hurtigruten’s London office, has confirmed that she is stepping down later this year to pursue other business opportunities.

The Norwegian cruise company is recruiting for a replacement to take over from October and Beadle will oversee the transition.

Beadle said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Hurtigruten, but it feels like the right time to move on to a new challenge. I am confident that I am leaving the company in excellent shape for continued growth in the years to come.”

Hurtigruten chief commercial officer Magnus Wrahme said: “We are very grateful for Kathryn’s contribution, achievements and professionalism during her time with us and wish her all the best in her career going forward.”

Beadle doubled the size of the UK business during her time with the company and changed its focus from a primarily summer operator to that of a year-round offering, with the Northern Lights taking centre stage during the winter months.

She has also been responsible for sales and marketing activities in the US, Australia, Japan and other international emerging markets and won several trade and consumer awards.