Disney veteran to replace Rodriguez as Crystal Cruises chief

Disney veteran to replace Rodriguez as Crystal Cruises chief

Crystal Cruises owner Genting Hong Kong has announced that Disney veteran Tom Wolber is to take over as president and chief executive of the cruise line with immediate effect.

Wolber replaces Edie Rodriguez, who joined Crystal in 2013 and was promoted to president and chief executive following the line’s acquisition by Genting in 2015.

Wolber has worked for Disney for 28 years, including 10 years with Disney Cruise Line where he was senior vice-president of operations and assisted with the design and launch of new builds including Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.

He also served as president and chief executive of Euro Disney, Paris and has held senior executive positions in Disney theme parks and resort operations at Walt Disney World Resort.

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Hong Kong and Crystal Cruises, said: “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.

“His leadership will be key to the finalisation of specifications and design for the new ‘Exclusive Class’ oceangoing 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.”

Wolber said: “I look forward to spearheading some of the most innovative new-builds and experiences the cruise and hospitality industry has ever seen in the years ahead.”

In a statement, Rodriguez said she was “happy to turn over the reins” and said she would be announcing her next move shortly.

She added: “It’s been an extraordinary experience leading Crystal to global prominence, and I am very proud of my accomplishments.”

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