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Tom Wolber succeeds Pamela Conover as CEO for The World

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Tom Wolber takes over from Pamela Conover as CEO of The World
Tom Wolber was appointed CEO for The World, Residences at Sea, effective Jan. 3. He succeeds Pamela Conover, who's retiring after serving as CEO for The World since March 2015.

Wolber most recently was the president and CEO of Crystal Cruises, from September 2017 to September 2020. Earlier, he had a long career at the Walt Disney Co., including as president and CEO of Euro Disney and a decade as SVP operations, Disney Cruise Line.

Accomplished senior executive

'We are very fortunate to have recruited such an accomplished senior executive to serve as our next CEO,' said Craig R. Smith, chairman of The World Resident Holdings Ltd. 'He is highly respected in the cruise industry for his leadership at Disney Cruise Line and Crystal Cruises. He brings a highly effective management style, a wealth of technical knowledge and a keen appreciation of luxury hospitality standards to the task of operating our ship and leading our community.'

'I am honored to join the team at The World as its next CEO. Both the shoreside and shipboard teams have done an outstanding job of serving the resident community and operating under Pam Conover’s leadership,' Wolber said.

Residents from more than 20 countries

He noted the residents are from more than 20 countries and have a 'love of adventure' and a 'deep interest in the cultures and natural wonders of the destinations they visit and are committed to continuous improvement of the exceptional quality of the ship. Most importantly,' Wolber added, 'the safety and security of the ship and all who sail on her are paramount. These are values and perspectives I greatly admire.'

Pamela Conover

Before joining The World, Conover's roles included CEO of SeaDream Yacht Club, president and CEO of Seabourn, SVP shared services at Carnival Corp., president and CEO of Cunard and president and CEO, Epirotiki Cruise Line.

Built in 2002, The World with its 165 luxury residences remains the only residential cruise ship.

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