Crystal Cruises president and chief executive Tom Wolber has stepped down - with cruise industry veteran Jack Anderson taking the helm of the luxury line on an interim basis.
Before taking his new position, Anderson has overseen Crystal’s commercial efforts since 2017 serving as an advisor to Wolber following his previous executive positions as Crystal’s vice-chairman and senior vice-president of marketing and sales.
Anderson has also previously 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.
Crystal said Wolber, who joined in September 2017, had left to spend more time with his family and "pursue other interests" after completing his three-year contract with the company.
During Wolber’s tenure, Crystal’s expansion has seen the line launch a fleet of four new river ships and prepare to welcome its first expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor.
Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chief executive and chair of Crystal parent 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 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 added: “It has 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.”