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Holland America Line Makes Two Promotions in Seagoing Human Resources Department

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Seattle, Wash., Mar. 29, 2013 — Holland America Line has promoted Jason Pedersen to director of human resources, seagoing personnel marine hotel, and Eric Visser to director of human resources, seagoing personnel deck and engine. Both Pedersen and Visser will report to Todd Kimmel, senior director, seagoing human resources.

“Jason and Eric continue to bring exceptional knowledge and experience to the team, and their promotions will further strengthen the leadership structure in the seagoing human resources department,” said Kimmel. “Their broad skill sets aptly prepare them for their elevated roles, and I look forward to working with them in their new capacities.”

As director, Pedersen is responsible for policy development and enhancement, rotation planning, skill-set and job-description design and development, compensation development and administration, air block-space planning, manning agent collaboration and the collective bargaining process. In addition, Pedersen also will oversee the further enhancement and integration of the Career Roadmap for marine hotel officers and crew, as well as increase his involvement in the assessment and resolution of personnel matters for marine hotel officers and crew.

Since joining Holland America Line in 1995, Pedersen has held several key positions in both the seagoing and land-based human resources operations. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Central Washington University with a specialization in human resources.

In his new position, Visser is responsible for officer rotation planning, manning agent oversight and collaboration, the collective bargaining process, deck and engine officer salary administration, officer retention and satisfaction improvement initiatives, and maritime-compliance audit assistance. In addition, he will direct the line’s new deck and engine officer Career Roadmap initiative, including improving officer communication, building and deploying a professional development program, enhancing skillsets and job descriptions, designing new and refining existing training programs, and assessment and resolution of personnel matters for deck and engine officers.

Visser holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in marine engineering, a master of nautical science and a University of Washington Executive Development Program certificate.

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