How to Help Your Business Become an AI Early Adopter


Thomas H. Murphy
CIO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Title: CIO

Company: Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Location: Miami

Industry: Cruise/Vacation

Educational background:
  • B.A., English, University of Richmond, Va.

    Years in IT: 16 years

  • 1999 - present, CIO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • 1997-1999, vice president and CIO, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, Dallas
  • 1995-1997, vice president, WizCom International Ltd.--Avis Rent A Car Inc.'s technology subsidiary, Garden City, N.Y.
  • 1993-1995, vice president of IT, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Hampton, N.H.
  • 1989-1993, director of IT, Interstate Hotels Corp., Pittsburgh
  • 1984-1989, director, property management systems (PMS) & telecommunications; senior project manager, PMS; project manager, PMS pre-installation and training; and support manager, PMS, Marriott Corp., Washington, D.C.

    Career advice: Learn to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, from the boardroom to the cubical. It's the key to success.

    Best career advice ever received: Hire people who are smarter than you are.

    Career challenge: Making the leap from a relatively small hotel technology group of 60 people to a Fortune 500 company utilizing advanced technology with more than 300 people in IT.

    Solution: Maintain the sound management style and philosophy that works in a small shop; don't be intimidated by size; focus on the critical deliverables in the first six months.

    Last two books read: Finding & Keeping Great Employees, by Jim Harris and Joan Brannick, PhD.; The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, by Michael Lewis

    Family: Wife Lisa, son Harrison (7), daughter Kate (3), son Thomas (1)--and one on the way!

    Last vacation: Purgatory, Colo., ski vacation, 1999

    Hobbies: Music, basketball, reading

    Favorite saying and philosophy: People are our most valuable asset and should be treated as such; the most successful companies have the fewest rules.

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