With experience in both the private and public sectors, Donna Hrinak is an expert on doing business successfully in international markets. She has worked in highly regulated industries, overseen operations in complex, multi-cultural settings, and led coalitions to create positive environments for business.
As Senior Vice President for the Corporate Affairs function at Royal Caribbean Group, Donna is responsible for directing the Global Communications, Community and Destinations Engagement and Government Relations teams. Through sustained engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, she develops programs and partnerships to ensure RCG’s license to operate, while differentiating the company as a travel industry leader.
Donna came to RCG from The Boeing Company where she served as President of Boeing Latin America and Canada, overseeing all aspects of operations from commercial and defense product sales to research and technology. Her experience also includes the food and beverage industry at both PepsiCo and Kraft Foods. Her responsibilities there included directing PepsiCo’s relationship with the World Health Organization and leading the global industry coalition, the International Food & Beverage Alliance. At the strategic advisory firm of McLarty Associates, she designed business strategies, guided clients in international transactions and championed links between trade and competition issues.
Before entering the private sector, Donna was a career officer in the United States Foreign Service, whose assignments in Latin America and Eastern Europe included serving as U.S. Ambassador in Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department. As Embassy CEO, she led multinational and multi-agency teams in promoting U.S. interests in the host country, including protecting U.S. citizens and advocating for business.
Among Donna’s numerous awards are the Order of Rio Branco from Brazil, the Order of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella from the Dominican Republic, the Distinguished Public Servant Award from the U.S. Coast Guard, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Boards of Adtalem Global Education, the Interamerican Dialogue, Fairchild Gardens and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Donna is a graduate of Michigan State University and attended George Washington University and the University of Notre Dame School of Law.