Cruise industry veteran takes helm at Crystal

Cruise industry veteran Jack Anderson is taking the helm of Crystal as  interim president and chief executive.

He steps in to head the luxury cruise brand after current boss Tom Wolber leaves after completing a three-year contract with the company “to spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests”.

Anderson has served as senior vice president of marketing and sales for Seabourn, Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises, and as senior vice president of marketing for Carnival Corporation.

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

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chief executive and chairman of Crystal’s parent company Genting Hong Kong said: “Jack’s history with Crystal runs deep; 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 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.”

Anderson added: “It is an honor 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: “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 company is due to launch its first expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor, in 2021.

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