Rich Pruitt

Vice President, Environmental Operations, Carnival Cruise Line
rich pruitt

Rich Pruitt

Vice President, Environmental Operations, Carnival Cruise Line


In his current role, Rich is responsible for overseeing all onboard and shoreside environmental operations for a fleet of 30 ships deployed in North America, Europe, Caribbean and Australasia regions. He also evaluates new technologies, establishes newbuilding specifications, develops company vision, strategic initiatives and sets policy for all sustainability and environmental stewardship activities.

Rich Pruitt also served as Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. He was responsible for evaluating new technologies, establishing new building specifications, developing corporate vision and strategic initiatives and setting policy for all sustainability, environmental stewardship, situation/crisis management, injury prevention, maritime safety, and management systems programs for the corporation. He also served in various other roles at RCL during his tenure from May 2003 until November 2016, including Director, Public Health and leading RCL’s humanitarian relief efforts following the Haitian earthquake in January 2010.

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Rich served in the United States Air Force and the United States Coast Guard. From 1980 to 1990, Rich was an Air Force airborne Russian linguist and Airborne Mission Supervisor, assigned to various units and the National Security Agency. He also served in various national security and marine safety positions with the United States Coast Guard from 1990 to 2003.

He has earned an Environmental Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from National Louis University and an Associate degree in Russian Interpreting from the Community College of the United States Air Force.

Rich is currently a Guardian Ad Litem in the 17th Circuit and is currently engaged in various industry, charitable and environmental organizations, including the Florida Sea Grant Advisory Council and Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Sustainability Committee.

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Market & Industry Insights panel

08:15 - 09:00
Radisson Grenada