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Meet the Team

The people behind the most luxurious cruise line for residential life at sea

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Our Story

Storylines founders Shannon and Alister started with a vision to give global travelers the ability to live out their deep passion for exploration. They realized that many people have placed their thirst for adventure on hold to build a career, care for children, or pursue other interests that temporarily pause the part of their life story that they dream of most. The result was in creating the most luxurious cruise line for residential life at sea. One that enables global citizens to live a healthy and active life of freedom and adventure while still maintaining their work and family life. One in which they can enjoy unique, memorable and life-changing experiences while traveling the world from the comfort of home.

The Storylines Team 

The Storylines team brings together a wide knowledge of the cruise, real estate, and leisure industries with over 250 years of collective experience. Storylines' advisory board and brand ambassadors also have extensive cruise experience, having spent a total of 25,000 days at sea. They are not just employees, they are a team of residents and neighbors leading a truly global lifestyle.


Alister Punton

CEO and Founder

Alister has two decades of experience in the property, construction and technology sectors, developing businesses and solutions for global markets. He has developed a fully integrated SaaS property product, as well as run an international construction import business in China. Alister is a founding board member for Prepared For Life: a driver and road safety charity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Shannon Lee

Founder and CSO

Shannon has extensive experience in international real estate development and property partnerships, bringing new and bold solutions to traditional business challenges. He has spent several years consulting with distressed and failing enterprises, implementing innovative cross-sector solutions with great success.

Dr Paul Read 

Project Manager - Ship Build

Paul is the Managing Director of Gelen Marine Ltd and has over 25 years of experience in ship building and conversions. He is a chartered Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with comprehensive experience in project management, engineering, design and ship construction. He is managing Storylines new build project and overseeing the engineering, design and construction of the project.

Captain Meinhardt Hansen

Ship Captain and Construction Advisor - Operational

An experienced Captain with a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, travel and tourism industries. Skilled in GMDSS, Marine Safety, Maritime Safety, International Shipping, and Dynamic Positioning, he is well-versed in operations management and has extensive experience navigating in icy waters. His Master License is from Vinnuhaskulin.

Dick Rosman

Co-Founder & Advisory Board Member Vessel Acquisitions and Itinerary

Dick has 40+ years in the maritime and aviation industries with a keen focus on cruise ship sale and purchase markets. He has financial interests in various vessels throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa. His vessels are responsible for charter and recovery works including the recovery of the famed sunken MS Costa Concordia.

Horst Bennin

Interim CFO

Horst has more than 30 years of experience in the financial service industry, as Head Investment, Finance & Treasury (CFO function) and in Investor Relations. In addition he setup multiple investment funds globally as well as developing creative derivative based funding solutions. He was a co-founder of the Club of Finance in Germany and instrumental in the installation of a sovereign family office in the Middle-East. Horst holds multiple academic degrees including an Executive MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, USA and is a member of the German Financial Analyst Society. Until recently he served on multiple advisory boards.

Fabrizio Cerutti

Executive Vice President, Global Operations

Fabrizio has been a passionate hotelier for 25 years and has spent two decades working within the ultra-luxury segment of the cruise industry both onboard vessels as Hotel General Manager and in corporate environments in executive roles. He has gained extensive experience in all aspects of ship operations from shipbuilding, refurbishment, procurement, logistics, onboard services, talent acquisition, talent development, finance, sales, marketing, and public relations.

Katie Drew Jensen

Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing

Katie brings over thirty-five years of business ownership and entrepreneurship, in a diverse set of industries, including launching a chain of medical spas, owning a private air charter company, and a business consulting firm. Her vast knowledge in marketing and sales stems from being an innovator, with impeccable customer care leading her mission. Her love for luxury travel, coupled with her in-depth experience, aligns perfectly with Storylines' vision.

Michal Jackiewicz

Ship Design

Michael is Partner & Executive Project Director of Tillberg Design of Sweden. His point of view on design: Function + form + materials, in that order. His point of view on guest experiences in the future: Added values that can be applied to all levels of the company and relate to multiple experiences from users’ and owners’ perspectives.

Angela Miclat

VP of Global HR & Operations

Angela has over a decade of experience in recruiting, HR, and operations. She is also highly skilled in Lean Six Sigma, project management, and data analytics. Angela's passion for recruiting, human resources and operations can be traced back to her pre-professional days. Whether as a member of her school admissions team or part of the campus interview operations team at Kaye-Bassman Inc., she has been on a recruiting and operations path from the start. Angela likes to get people excited about the things she's excited about. Right now, that's Storylines Global Inc.

Dr Brian Martin

Chief Health Officer

Medical and Health Programs

Dr. Martin has over 25 years of experience and will lead our Optimal Aging programs, aimed to protect and enhance the health and quality of life of our residents. He will also oversee; the compounding pharmacy, bio-identical hormone replacement, nutraceuticals, anti-aging cosmetics, medical and wellness services, and health insurance plans. He is developing Clean Air, Clean Food and Clean Water programs.

B.C. Hunter

Sustainability Ambassador

Ms. Hunter brings 19 years of experience with startups to the Storylines team. Her graduate degree studies at Harvard University in Sustainability and the Environment focus on assisting companies in devising their sustainability strategies. She consults on new venture projects with innovators that are creating the habitats and communities of the future. Partnering with revolutionary brands committed to ambitious environmental solutions, Ms. Hunter strongly believes that responsible business will have a lasting positive impact on societies and the natural world.

Hampton Bridwell

Corporate Brand Strategy

Hampton is CEO and Managing Partner of the brand innovation and marketing consultancy, Tenet Partners. He oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. His expertise is in advising clients on how to best use their brand as a strat egic asset and a powerful leadership tool. He has completed Harvard Business School's Executive Training program.

Alexandra Zodian

Director of International Relationships

Alexandra has 13 years of experience in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry. She graduated from the University of Westminster in London with a First Degree in Business and Tourism. After graduating, she was approached by a 5-star hotel in London to be their Sales and Marketing Manager. After working for different luxury hotel brands, she then had the opportunity to work for one of the biggest West End Theatre Companies in the UK. Alexandra’s biggest passion is traveling - she has lived in the UK, Spain, Malaysia and the USA.

Dr Krzysztof Kontek

IT Telecom Manager

Krzysztof has almost 40 years of experience in hardware and software design (including at CERN in Geneva) as well as establishing and running a number of IT and Telecom companies. Currently, he is the CEO of Acnet sp. z o. o. and assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. At Storylines, he is responsible for IT and Telecom management, and for the development of Artificial Intelligence systems.

Peter Ford

Ports, Strategy and Security

Peter advises innovative businesses on their development strategies. His previous position as Chief Strategy Officer for Ports of America controlled over 80 ports in the USA making him a great fit for this role. He holds an MBA and is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and serves on the advisory board of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy.

Stefan Deiss, MBA

Chief Digital Assets

Stefan is a serial entrepreneur with over 20-years of experience in the IT industry and extensive expertise in Digital Assets and Decentralized Finance (DeFi). He has been involved in the tokenization of high-value assets and established the world’s first regulated Tokenized Alternative Investment Fund (TAIF) for the global real estate industry. Stefan is IBM Certified in Blockchain (Hyperledger Fabric) and Advanced Data Analytics.

Sofía Montironi

Resident Relations  

Sofía brings over ten years of experience in the communications field across different sectors. With a background in education, languages and hospitality, she has worked and lived abroad most of her career. She spent the last four years managing guest relations as part of an international guest program within the luxury cruise industry. At the heart of Sofía’s engaging and attentive approach is her commitment to creativity and innovation in guest service strategies. Sofia speaks English, Spanish and Italian.

Tim Viands

Educational Consultant

Tim has over two decades of extensive experience in independent schools as a teacher, administrator and school leader. He has developed innovative models of learning in private day schools and boarding schools in the US and has vast experience in international education. He is the president & founder of IndySchool Consultancy and considers himself an education futurist.

Priti Martin

Experience Consultant / Optimal Living

Priti Martin brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of art, nature and beauty. Her role is to enhance sensory experiences on and off the ship. She consults on beauty products and services including spa, hair and cosmeceutical formulations. She also advises on women's programs and vegetarian menu items. Priti is involved with the art selection on the ship, overseeing visiting artist programs and organizing youth art classes. She also consults on nature experiences including plant and flower selection for the ship as well as nature excursions off the ship. 

Dr. John Giannone


Dr. Giannone has over 40 years of veterinary practice and ownership of five animal hospitals. He has demonstrated the leadership necessary to run a hospital and to create a safe, friendly and caring environment. He will lead our onboard veterinary team to assure that our resident pets receive the best quality care possible, whether for sickness or for wellness.

Corporate Partners



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