Genting Hong Kong has announced the appointment of Tom Wolber as the president & CEO of Crystal Cruises effective September 15th, replacing Edie Rodriguez, who has been with Crystal for four years. Wolber brings over three decades of experience in general management, operations, new-build construction and business development to Crystal.
Wolber joins Crystal most recently from the Walt Disney Company where he served in various executive roles for 28 years, 10 of which were with Disney Cruise Line where he served as senior vice president of operations. He helped transform Disney Cruise Line from a Port Canaveral-based vacation provider to a global cruise line with itineraries covering North America, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. During his time at Disney, Wolber assisted with the design and launch of new builds, including Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Additionally, he served as president and CEO of Euro Disney, Paris and has held senior executive positions in Disney theme parks and resort operations at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.
Crystal is scheduled to take on the delivery of four ships in 2017 and 2018, as well as the first Endeavor Class expedition yacht in 2019. The last of these Wolber will have a direct hand in designing.
“Since acquiring Crystal in 2015, Genting has worked tirelessly to expand the Crystal brand by launching two river vessels with a third imminent, an expedition yacht and a private Boeing 777,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises, in a written release. “Thanks to Edie Rodriquez’s leadership, Crystal has successfully launched three new brands: Crystal Yachts, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Air. We thank Edie for her service to the company, appreciate all of her hard work, and wish her the very best in future endeavors.”
Rodriguez joined Crystal as president & COO in October 2013, and was promoted to president & CEO following the acquisition of the company by Genting Hong Kong in May 2015. Prior to Crystal, Rodriguez held senior marketing, sales and business development positions with other notable luxury lines and travel companies. She has not yet announced what her plans are following her departure from Crystal.