Havila Voyages promotes Matthew Valentine to new global sales role

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Matthew Valentine has been promoted by Havila Voyages to a new global head of sales role.

Valentine, who has been with the Norwegian line for four years, was previously head of sales for the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium. 

Prior to that he was head of sales, developing markets EMEA at rival Hurtigruten.

Valentine will lead the company’s global sales team in forging new relationships and building sales as well as retaining day to day responsibility for his existing regions. 

Chief sales officer Johanna Hansli said: “Having known Matthew for many years, I have no doubt that his commercial acumen and wealth of experience will prove invaluable in growing the Havila Voyages brand globally. 

“We have ambitious plans for our business, and this new position will be key to making them happen.”

 Valentine added: “I’m very much looking forward to working with the team to explore new opportunities and build on their successes around the world. 

“Havila Voyages are already sailing on battery power through the UNESCO Heritage fjords, but we are on target to operate our whole 11-day voyage emission free by 2030. 

“I firmly believe our environmental credentials, combined with our fleet of modern, spacious ships, leave us well positioned for growth in the years ahead.” 


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