Boutique luxury cruise line, SeaDream Yacht Club, has appointed Walter Littlejohn as Chief Sales Officer (CSO).
Bringing over three decades of experience in the cruise industry, including several executive and leaderships roles, on 5th January, Littlejohn assumed the responsibility of overseeing and leading SeaDream Yacht Club’s global sales efforts across all markets globally.
“Walter brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our growing SeaDream team, with a proven track record in driving performance and fostering team success in the luxury segment. I am thrilled to welcome him to the SeaDream family”, said Andreas Brynestad, SeaDream Yacht Club head.
“Walter joins us at a time of growth. His deep knowledge and passion for the cruise industry combined with attention to details, strategic mindset and team spirit is a unique combination that will be crucial in writing the next chapter in the story of SeaDream Yacht Club,” he added.
Family owned and operated, SeaDream Yacht Club claimed to have founded modern yacht cruising in 2001. Today, the boutique luxury cruise line offers yachting adventures in the Caribbean, Europe and Mediterranean on two small, newly upgraded yachts.
With a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, guests can enjoy unprecedented service, unique all-inclusive culinary experiences and included activities, such as watersports directly, from the yachts.
Littlejohn joined SeaDream after a long-term consulting engagement with Silversea Cruises, where he worked on a variety of strategic initiatives.
Prior to this, he spent six years as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Crystal River Cruises, building the former Crystal Cruises’ division from scratch to an award-winning five-ship ultra-luxury river cruise line.
“I am truly excited to join SeaDream Yacht Club, a company that for decades has set the standard for modern, casual luxury in the cruise industry. It is a unique product that goes above and beyond any other.
“At the same time, SeaDream is the best kept secret in the industry, with a tremendous potential for further growth. I am really looking forward to letting more people in on the secret and working closely with travel retail partners to welcome more guests on board,” Littlejohn said.
In another move, SeaDream Yacht Club’s President, Bob Lepisto, who until recently had overseen the company’s global sales activities, will continue to be an important contributor to the executive team.
He will also spearhead SeaDream’s exclusive charter business, and continue to report directly to Brynestad.
“Continued growth of our charter business is crucial for our future success. I am thrilled that Bob will take on this important role, and utilise his network, knowledge and skills focusing on further improving the way we work with charters,” Brynestad said.
The appointment of Littlejohn is the latest in a series of new senior and key appointments at SeaDream.
Recent additions include Mark Schmitt, Sales Director UK and Ireland, as well as Rune Thomas Ege, Senior Vice President of Communications.