Executive Development Event
The Executive Development Events are held once per semester exclusively for our MBAs and faculty, and provide a unique opportunity for our MBAs to enhance their personal and professional development. At these events, our MBAs and an invited guest enjoy an elegant dinner at one of our partnering venue properties. The EDEs are a “signature event” of the PLNU MBA experience, so make sure to attend!
An Evening with Stein Kruse
President & CEO of Holland America Line
Stein Kruse is president and chief executive officer for Holland America Line Inc. a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc.
Kruse joined Holland America Line in 1999 as senior vice president, fleet operations with overall responsibility for all Holland America Line's operations. In 2003, Kruse was named president and chief operating officer, and on December 1, 2004, chief executive officer.
Kruse joined Holland America Line from "K" Line America, where he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He also oversaw financial activities in seven U.S. subsidiary companies for the global Japanese shipping company and served on the board of directors.
Prior to that, Kruse held several executive positions in the cruise industry. He was executive vice president and chief operating officer for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises and president and CEO for Seven Seas Cruise Line.
He is a former vice chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and presently serves as a director on the board of the United States Coast Guard Foundation and the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) and on the board of governors of the World Trade Center Seattle. Kruse, a native of Oslo, Norway, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. He is married to Linda and they have two children – Victoria and Alexander. The Kruse family resides in Bellevue, Washington.