Karl L. Holz – Biography

Karl L. Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

As president of Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, Karl L. Holz leads several key growth businesses for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. In this role, he oversees Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney and the company’s offsite regional resorts business, working to align these businesses to take the Disney brand to new destinations.

At Disney Cruise Line, Holz leads a cast and crew of more than 5,500 and is responsible for the entire operation, which includes the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder and newly launched Disney Dream cruise ships, as well as Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, and Disney’s Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal. He also leads the business in delivery of the company’s fourth ship, the Disney Fantasy, currently under construction at the Meyer Weft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. The Disney Fantasy is scheduled to sail its maiden voyage on March 31, 2012.

Karl joined Disney in 1996 as vice president of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. He later served as vice president of Epcot, then senior vice president of Walt Disney World Operations and in 2003 was named president of Disney Cruise Line. In 2004, he moved to Paris as president and chief executive officer of Euro Disney S.A.S. In February 2009, Karl was appointed to his current position of president, Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations.

Before joining Disney, Karl served as vice president of theme park operations for Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California, and previously served as president of Sky Chefs Airport Concession Inc.

Karl earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973 from State University of New York at Fredonia. He lives in Orlando with his wife, Wendy. They have two grown children, Erik and Kirsten.