No. 50: Brian O’Connor

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“The city of Santa Clarita relies on responsible corporate partners like Princess Cruises, and Vice President Brian O’ Connnor is a big reason why one of the world’s most successful cruise lines has such a great relationship with the community that surrounds its headquarters.”

— Richard Budman, Signal Publisher/Owner

Brian O’Connor is a Princess Cruises executive who leads the cruise line’s global communications efforts serving as vice president of brand and corporate communications.

He also leads community relations that sees the company supporting the fundraising efforts of many local charities by donating cruises and funding sponsorships. O’Connor is not only a leader in the Santa Clarita Valley business community serving on the chamber board, hospital foundation board and economic development board, he’s a leader in his highly competitive field.

O’Connor has been with the company for 14 years serving in PR/media relations, sales and marketing leadership roles which now includes internal communications to more than 30,000 team members globally. For Princess Cruises, he leads a team of 12 who manage the narrative for a brand that’s one of the best-known names in cruising, taking more than 2 million guests each year to more than 380 worldwide destinations on six continents.

He is a past president and five-term member of the board for the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and was honored by the organization as PR Professional of the Year in 2018.

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