Anja Erdmann promoted
Promoted to the new director of expedition operations/HR role, Erdmann will assume many of the duties related to recruiting top-notch expedition staff and lecturers, finding and training new talent, as well as team scheduling and contractual issues. She also will continue as company representative to the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.
Erdmann came to Poseidon in 2015 from Hurtigruten, where she had served as a project manager and expedition leader since 2006. She is based near Berlin, Germany.
'Anja has been a super addition to Poseidon, juggling diverse responsibilities and projects, as well as itinerary planning, permit and authorization management, and expedition leading aboard the 114-passenger Sea Spirit,' SVP Jan Bryde said. 'It’s a well-deserved promotion, and I look forward to working closely with Anja on the many challenging polar field issues as the expedition cruise segment continues to gather momentum.'
Jennifer Kunath joins
Kunath brings 30 years of experience with adventure travel specialists, having worked for 20 years as a program manager and director of sales for International Expeditions. In 2007, she joined Safari Legacy, a destination management safari outfitter based in Tanzania, opening the company's US office and wearing many hats as director of sales, marketing account management and business development. She is based in Birmingham Alabama.
'We are pleased to find someone of the caliber of Jennifer, with her extensive background in adventure and expedition-style travel worldwide,' said Steve Wellmeier, managing director of Poseidon Expeditions USA. 'From a sales perspective, she understands how the travel industry intersects with wildlife conservation and stewardship of the environment, and that’s the same whether it’s the plains of eastern Africa or the icy terrain of the Arctic and Antarctica.'