Effective October 2, longtime cruise industry executive Jack Anderson will take the helm of Crystal as the company’s interim president and CEO. The announcement comes as Tom Wolber, Crystal’s 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 service contract with the company.
Wolber’s expertise in cruise ship operations and newbuild construction has been a guiding force in Crystal’s expansion of brand experiences that now includes a fleet of four new river ships and the upcoming 2021 launch of the company’s first expedition ship, Crystal Endeavor. Since 2017, Anderson has overseen Crystal’s commercial efforts, serving as advisor to Wolber following his previous executive positions as Crystal’s vice chairman and senior vice president of marketing and sales.
Anderson has a long history with Crystal, spending nearly a decade of senior leadership and executive consultant roles at the company. In all, he has 30-plus years of cruise industry experience. Prior to his roles with Crystal, Anderson 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.
The expansion of Crystal’s portfolio of brand experiences beyond ocean ships Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity began in 2015 with Genting Hong Kong’s purchase of the company and the launch of Crystal Yacht Cruises’ Crystal Esprit. This was followed by Crystal River Cruises in 2016 with four new-build river ships following in 2017 and 2018 with the company preparing for the launch of Crystal Expedition Cruises next year.