The announcement comes as Tom Wolber, president and CEO since September 2017, is stepping down to spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests, after completing his three-year contract with the company.
Wolber’s expertise in cruise ship operations and newbuild construction have been a guiding force in Crystal’s expansion of brand experiences that now include four new river vessels and the upcoming 2021 launch of the company’s first expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor.
Advisor to Wolber since 2017
Since 2017, Anderson has overseen Crystal’s commercial efforts, acting as advisor to Wolber, following previous executive positions as Crystal’s vice chairman and SVP marketing and sales.
'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,' said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, CEO and chairman of Crystal’s parent company, Genting Hong Kong.
Wolber's many contributions
'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,' Lim added.
Prior to his roles with Crystal, Anderson served as SVP marketing and sales for Seabourn, Holland America and Windstar Cruises, and SVP marketing for Carnival Corp. & plc.
'It is an honor to be entrusted with Crystal’s stewardship during this transitional time in our industry,' Anderson said. '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 endeavors.'
Wolber leaves Crystal 'in good hands'
For his part, Wolber called it 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.'
Before Crystal, Wolber had a long career with the Walt Disney Co., including 10 years as SVP operations for Disney Cruise Line.