Executive Bios

Palle Laursen
Palle Laursen
Executive Vice President and Head of Marine
Royal Caribbean Group

Palle Laursen is the Executive Vice President and Head of Marine for Royal Caribbean Group, where he oversees the company’s global and brand marine operations.

Most recently, Palle was Chief Fleet & Technical Officer at A.P. Moller-Maersk where he was responsible for its entire fleet of more than 750 container vessels, 400 chartered vessels and 350 owned vessels as well as chartering, technical management, crew management, safety and compliance, newbuilding activities and engineering services. He also led Maersk’s effort to have the entire fleet operating fully carbon neutral by 2040.  

Prior to this, Palle was Vice President and Head of Ship Management and held several other roles with increasing responsibilities, including head of Technical Services, Ship Engineering and Technical Vessel Operations at the Maersk Group. Palle has had a long and distinguished career and is a recognized leader in the maritime industry.

Palle graduated from the Svendborg International Maritime Academy in Denmark as a Marine Engineer.