Cruise

Crystal chief steps down, with cruise industry exec assuming interim role

Longtime cruise industry executive Jack Anderson has taken the helm of Crystal as the cruise line’s interim president and CEO.

Anderson replaces Tom Wolber (pictured above), who has stepped down from the top role he took on in September 2017 to spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests, after completing his three-year service contract with the company.

Since 2017, Anderson has overseen Crystal’s commercial efforts serving as an advisor to Wolber, following his previous executive positions as Crystal’s vice chairman and senior vice president of marketing and sales.

Prior to his roles with Crystal, Anderson served as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Seabourn, Holland America and Windstar Cruises, and senior vice president of marketing for Carnival Corporation.

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO and chairman of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong, said Anderson’s history with the cruise line runs deep.

Jack Anderson

“With nearly a decade of senior leadership and executive consultant roles at the company, combined with his 30-plus years of cruise industry experience, he possesses a profound knowledge of the Crystal brand and the luxury cruise market,” he said.

“He is uniquely suited to step into this role during this pivotal time in travel, ensuring a seamless transition.

“We are grateful to Tom for his dedicated leadership, the successful introduction of our river ships and expanding Crystal into the expedition market, while maintaining Crystal’s commitment to an award-winning luxury experience.”

Commenting on his appointment, Anderson said: “It is an honour to be entrusted with Crystal’s stewardship during this transitional time in our industry.

“It has been a pleasure to work alongside Tom, growing this brand I care so deeply about, and I wish him all the best in his personal endeavours.”

Wolber said it had been a privilege to work alongside “some of the very best professionals in this industry – all of whom embody the philosophy of ‘Crystal Family’”.

“At this time, my focus is shifting toward my family and loved ones. I will always appreciate the rewarding experience I have had with Crystal and I know the company is in very good hands with Jack.”

The departure of Wolber and appointment of Anderson come as the company prepares for the launch of Crystal Expedition Cruises next year.

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