Carnival Cruise Lines has named Dolores L. Calicchio vice president – shipboard human resources, effective March 31, 2014. Calicchio will report to Ruben Rodriguez, Carnival’s executive vice president – ship operations.
Calicchio will be responsible for developing, integrating and managing the cruise line’s core human resource strategy and functions for all shipboard hotel and marine personnel across Carnival’s 24-ship fleet. In addition, she will oversee the line’s recruiting efforts, crew training and certification, and compensation, benefits, and crew welfare programs. In collaboration with the ship operations team, Calicchio also will oversee the continuing development of the Carnival Service Values fleetwide hospitality training program, as well as reinforce the line’s culture of safety and reliability.
“Dolores’s experience at large organizations and global corporations is a tremendous asset to Carnival’s human resources team,” said Rodriguez. “With her depth of knowledge and strategic mindset, she is the ideal candidate to balance the day-to-day operational aspects of the position with providing a longer-term vision for the shipboard human resources function at Carnival.”
Calicchio brings 15 years of senior-level experience to her new position. Most recently she was chief people officer at BAYADA Home Health Care, an $850 million, privately held home health care company with 22,000 employees. Prior to that, she worked at Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems for 10 years, most recently as vice president – human resources. Calicchio also held top management positions at several large pharmaceutical companies, including Rhone-Poulenc Inc. and Merck & Company Inc.
Calicchio served as the human resources chair for the United Way of Somerset County, N.J., as well as for The National GEM Consortium, a non-profit organization sponsored by Notre Dame University which raises funds for minority students pursuing higher education in math and science.
Calicchio holds a bachelor of science in biology from Kean College in New Jersey and a master of business in human resources leadership, education and technology from New York University.