Royal Caribbean hires global health chief to raise safety bar

Royal Caribbean Group has named former Pennsylvania secretary of health, Calvin Johnson, as global head of public health and chief medical officer.

In this newly-created role, Johnson will lead the group’s global health and wellness policy, manage its public health and clinical practice, and determine the strategic plans and operations of its global healthcare organisation.

He will also collaborate with the Healthy Sail Panel – a joint safety task force formed by Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line – to ensure the company establishes and implements its protocols and recommendations.

Johnson, most recently principal at Altre Strategic Solutions Group, is the former chief medical officer for Corizon Health, then the largest provider of correctional health care in the US, and for Temple University Health System.

He served as secretary of health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2003-2008 and was medical director for the New York City Department of Health from 1998-1999.

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