Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that its board of directors had named its first lead director, approved a plan to replace staggered terms for directors with annual election, and more than doubled the quarterly dividend on its common shares. The moves, which were approved unanimously at the board's September 11th meeting, reflect the board's continuing efforts to enhance its corporate governance structure and drive long-term value creation for its shareholders. The board elected William L. Kimsey as its lead director. Mr. Kimsey, who is the former chief executive officer of Ernst & Young Global, Ltd., has served on the board since 2003 and is Chairman of the company's Audit Committee. Mr. Kimsey also serves on the board of directors of Accenture PLC and Western Digital Corporation. As lead director, he will be the liaison between the board's non-management members and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard D. Fain. He will preside at meetings of the non-management directors, will advise and approve the content and scheduling of board meetings and discussions, and will be available for discussion with major shareholders. The board of directors also adopted changes to its bylaws as a result of which candidates elected to the board will serve one-year terms, and will stand for re-election annually thereafter, effective with the slate of directors to be elected at the company's 2014 annual meeting. This implements a proposal adopted by shareholders at the company's May 2013 annual meeting.