Bob Dickinson, 68, held positions on the financial staff of Ford Motor Company and in the corporate planning office of RCA prior to joining Carnival Cruise Lines as executive vice president in 1972.
In May 1993, he was promoted to president, responsible for all operations of Carnival Cruise Lines. In May 2005, CEO was added to Dickinson’s title of president to more accurately reflect his role as the highest-ranking executive at the world’s largest and most popular cruise operator. He retired from his post as president and CEO in November 2007. He currently serves on the board of directors of the cruise line’s parent company, Carnival Corporation & plc.
During his Carnival career, he was named "Travel Executive of the Year" by Travel Trade magazine and his marketing honors include the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), Atlas Award, Travel Weekly’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Travel Industry Association of America Hall of Leaders designation. He was also named one of the 100 Best Marketers in the Nation by Advertising Age magazine.
Dickinson is presently Chairman of the Board of Camillus House - the largest service provider for the homeless in Dade County. He is also a member of board of directors for the United Way of Miami-Dade and St. Thomas Board of Trustees.
Dickinson is a former chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Travel Industry Association of America, the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority and Miami’s Academy of Tourism. He is former vice-chair for the United States National Tourism Organization and is the co-author of the books Selling the Sea: An Inside Look at the Cruise Industry first and second editions and The Complete 21st Century Travel and Hospitality Marketing Handbook.
He received his BSBA in management from John Carroll University and his MBA from Duquesne University. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Johnson & Wales University in 1995; Honorary Doctor of Science from Maine Maritime Academy in 2006 and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University in 2009.
His hobbies include chess, golf, wine appreciation and fine dining. He is a member of numerous wine organizations including the Society of Bacchus America, the International Wine & Food Society, and the Commanderie de Bordeaux. He and his wife, Jodi, reside in Coral Gables and have four children and ten grandchildren.