Ponant appoints Samuel Chamberlain as CEO, Americas

Ponant has appointed Samuel Chamberlain as its new chief executive officer, Americas, effective April 1, 2024.

Chamberlain succeeds Navin Sawhney in this role.

“Navin’s unwavering commitment and expertise have been tremendously valuable to Ponant during the last 10 years. Navin has been instrumental in enhancing our brand and business development in the Americas for both Ponant and Paul Gaugin Cruises,” said Belinda Hindmarsh, group deputy CEO global business. “I am delighted Navin has agreed to stay on in a strategic advisor capacity to continue supporting our executive leadership team. At the same time, I am thrilled to welcome Samuel who brings to the team a wealth of luxury expertise and experience to help tackle the fantastic opportunity ahead of us as we continue to grow Ponant’s presence in the Americas and internationally.” 

In his executive role, Navin Sawhney contributed greatly to growing the Ponant business during his 10-year tenure as CEO, Americas. Sawhney has enjoyed a long and celebrated career within the industry prior to joining Ponant in 2014.

About Chamberlain

Chamberlain’s distinguished career is marked by leadership positions across various facets of the global luxury travel industry.

Prior to joining Ponant, he served as vice-president, business development for Marc-Henry Cruise Holdings, joint owner and operator of Four Seasons Yachts, where he played a key role as a member of the executive leadership team. His experience also extends into the private aviation sector with Wheels Up, and luxury hospitality with Hilton and Waldord Astoria. Chamberlain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

“Ponant’s reputation for delivering luxury experiences and access to the world’s most remote destinations is unmatched,” said Chamberlain. “I am thrilled to join Belinda Hindmarsh’s team to lead the Americas during a pivotal time in the company’s exciting transformation. As CEO Americas, I am eager to contribute to a brand that aligns with my vision for luxury travel, where every journey enriches and explores undiscovered opportunities. It’s an honour to join a team that already consistently exceeds the expectations of its guests and partners.”

Both Chamberlain and Sawhney positions will be held in Ponant’s New York City office.