December 08, 2011

UCLA Anderson IS Associates Names Princess Cruises' President and CEO Alan Buckelew ('75) Executive Leader of the Year

Award recognizes strategic use of information technology

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management announced that Alan Buckelew, president and chief executive officer of Princess Cruises, has received the 2011 IS Associates Executive Leadership Award. The award, given annually by the leading group of information technology professionals in southern California, recognizes senior executives who do an extraordinary job of leading their companies, while exploiting information technology (IT) within their organization. The award was presented to Buckelew at the IS Associates Executive Leadership Award Dinner on November 30 at the UCLA campus.

"A well-executed corporate strategic vision that incorporates information technology provides a very clear advantage, precisely because it's uncommon," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management. "Alan Buckelew has demonstrated such leadership, using IT as a key asset in growing Princess Cruises' business."

With a career spanning more than 30 years in the cruise industry, Buckelew, a UCLA Anderson MBA graduate ('75), has served as chief executive officer of Princess Cruises since June 2007 and as the line's president since February 2004. As head of one of the best-known brands in the industry, Buckelew oversees a worldwide cruise and tour company featuring a fleet of 16 modern ships that sail on a diverse array of itineraries to all seven continents. Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation, one of the largest leisure travel companies in the world.

In addition to his role overseeing the Princess brand, Buckelew has served as chief operating officer for Cunard Line from 2004 to 2007, as part of a reorganization of that company's operations, and currently oversees the operation of Carnival Australia - a four ship brand based in Sydney.

"UCLA Anderson IS Associates is pleased to recognize Mr. Buckelew for integrating information technology into Princess Cruises' strategy and execution," said Andrew Beauchamp, an IBM Business Development Executive and Chair of the 2011 Executive Leadership Award Dinner. "His deep understanding of the business as well as information technology has enabled him to focus investments in the areas that drive the biggest improvements for Princess Cruises' customers and employees." IBM is a corporate sponsor of the event.

About IS Associates
UCLA Anderson IS Associates was established in 1978 as a professional partnership between UCLA Anderson School of Management and corporate and governmental enterprises. It is dedicated to the more effective management and understanding of information systems, and the leadership of the IS function. The organization involves senior executives, leading consultants and suppliers, and faculty, staff and students of UCLA Anderson in a program of information-sharing and education. Membership is open to organizations involved in the professional application of information systems to business and government. For more information, please visit: www.isassociates.org.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
Celebrating 75 years of Business Beyond Usual, UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides a distinctive approach to management education to more than 1,800 students enrolled in its MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs. Combining selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 37,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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