Genting Hong Kong has announced that Tom Wolber had become the President and CEO of Crystal Cruises effective 15th September.
Wolber took over from Edie Rodriguez, who was at the helm for the last four years.
He brings over three decades of experience in general management, operations, newbuild construction and business development to Crystal.
“Tom’s proven leadership skills will be invaluable to Crystal as the line takes delivery of four river ships in 2017 and 2018, as well as the first of the ‘Endeavor Class’ expedition yachts in 2019,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises chairman. “His leadership will be key to the finalisation of specifications and design for the new ‘Exclusive Class’ ocean-going vessels. Tom has our full confidence and we look forward to working closely with him to ensuring Crystal remains unmatched in the luxury travel segment.”
“Crystal has developed a venerable reputation across the travel industry and my first responsibility will be continuing to deliver the world-class service and itineraries Crystal is renowned for,” said Wolber. “I thank Chairman Tan Sri Lim for placing his faith in me, and I look forward to spearheading some of the most innovative newbuilds and experiences the cruise and hospitality industry has ever seen in the years ahead.”
Wolber joined 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.
During his time at Disney, Wolber assisted with the successful design and launch of newbuildings, including ‘Disney Dream’ and ‘Disney Fantasy’.
“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 – certainly no easy feat,” Tan Sri Lim added. “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 endeavours.”
“It’s been an extraordinary experience leading Crystal to global prominence, and I am very proud of my accomplishments,” said Rodriguez. “I can’t thank Chairman Tan Sri Lim enough for the confidence and investment to assure Crystal’s future with a bold expansion strategy, which I’ve firmly put in place. I’m happy to turn over the reins, knowing Crystal is well served by the incredibly talented and hard-working people throughout the organisation – on sea, river, air and land. I look forward to announcing my new endeavour shortly.”
Rodriguez joined Crystal as President & COO in October, 2013. She 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.