Demetris Charalambous is the General Manager of Petronav Ship Management Ltd (PSL), a member of Island Oil Holdings Group. He has joined PSL in October 2019. Previously, he had been General Manager on board Marella Discovery, Marella Cruises, TUI UK for almost two years. In the past, he had been with Celestyal/Louis Cruises from 1999 to 2017 (with a break between 2004/2005). In his last capacity at Celestyal Cruises, Demetris had been Senior Manager Hotel Operations – Onboard Revenues being responsible for several hotel operation matters and all onboard revenue generating activities e.g. food, beverages, casino, spa, gift shop, photo shop etc. aiming at fully maximizing their potential in order to contribute towards reaching the company’s overall budgetary goals. At Celestyal/Louis Cruises, he had also held the positions of Senior Manager Cruise Product Development and Senior Manager Purchasing where with his team he was responsible for the sourcing and purchasing of all food, beverage, and consumable items on board around €25 million annually. As a Cruise Product Development Manager, he was responsible for all new project feasibility and planning process and he was also the contact person for all Charterers or potential Charterers at Louis Cruises liaising with all departments as needed.
He received a BSc in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and was then employed on board Royal Viking Line/Cunard Line for three years. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, he returned to school and obtained a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management at Cornell University. After a short employment period in the Food and Beverage Department at the New York Palace Hotel in New York City, he returned to the cruise industry in 1997 with Cunard Line as Food & Beverage Manager.
He has attended several forums as a Guest Speaker such as Posidonia and Seatrade and has taught a hospitality management course at University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus.