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Crystal Cruises appoints Jack Anderson as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Los Angeles-based Crystal Cruises has appointed cruise industry veteran Jack Anderson as senior vice president, marketing and sales, effective July 1. Reporting directly to Crystal president, Gregg Michel, Anderson will oversee the luxury line’s marketing, sales and public relations efforts worldwide.

Anderson most recently held the position of senior vice president, worldwide marketing, sales and public relations at The Yachts of Seabourn, and previously served as vice president of corporate marketing and sales for Carnival Corporation, and senior vice president of worldwide marketing, sales, public relations and guest relations for Holland America Line and Windstar Cruises. In all, Anderson brings more than 30 years of cruise industry experience in creating strategic partnerships, building revenue and leading top performing teams.

"Jack is greatly respected for his intelligence, creativity, integrity and motivating leadership," says Michel. "With his wealth of experience, passion for innovation and strong commitment to our retail distribution partners, we’re fortunate to have him on the Crystal team."

Anderson and his wife, Kelly, will reside in Los Angeles.

Silversea Cruises announces global commercial reorganisation

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
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Silversea Cruises today announced changes to its global management structure to better respond to market requirements and facilitate its desired international growth.

The changes include two key executive appointments: Steve Odell, as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific, and Karen Christensen, as director of sales and marketing and general manager for Australia and New Zealand.

Manfredi Lefebvre, Silversea's chairman and chairman of the European Cruise Council, said: "Today we are seeing new geographic regions and countries that are disproportionately contributing to the cruise industry's development, particularly in Europe. This evolution poses challenges for commercial organisations that wish to benefit from this growth. Adapting the teams to accept the challenge is of fundamental importance and this is why Silversea is now announcing changes to its organisation which will better respond to market requirements."

Steve Odell has been responsible for Silversea's Asia Pacific region since 2001 and opened the office in Sydney in 2008. He has had tremendous success at developing business in the region. Odell will relocate to the company's London office at the beginning of July, where he will take on his new responsibilities for the extended geographical region. He will continue to report to Kenneth Watson, the company's chief operating officer.

Karen Christensen, who has been successful in her role as regional sales director for Australia and New Zealand within the Sydney office in recent years, will continue to report to Odell as she takes on her new responsibilities for the region.

There will be no changes in Silversea's Singapore office, which will continue to report to Odell in London.

The sales and marketing staff responsible for the European market, based in Monaco, will now report to Odell. The company also announced plans to open a new office in Frankfurt, which will be operational in the second half of this year, underscoring the importance of the German market. This new office will also have the responsibility for managing Austria and Switzerland.

Trudy Redfern, senior vice president for UK, Ireland and Middle East markets, has decided to leave Silversea as of 30 June, after more than seven years with the company. Redfern was instrumental in developing business in the UK, which is the company's second largest market. 

At the company's office in Fort Lauderdale, Kenneth Watson will maintain global marketing and sales responsibility while heading up sales for the Americas.

Steve Tucker will continue in his role as vice president of field sales for North America and Melissa Araya will continue in her role as director of sales for Central and South America, and both will report directly to Kenneth Watson.

STX France cancels the newbuilding contract with Libya's GNTMC

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STX France SA, a 66.66% owned subsidiary of STX Europe AS, has rescinded the contract with GNMTC (General National Maritime Transport Company) - the state owned Libyan shipping company - for the construction of a 140,000 GT cruise vessel for delivery end-2012. The reason for the rescission is the default of payment from GNMTC.

STX France is confident to be able to find a new buyer for the vessel. Due to insurance cover for such an incident, the rescission is expected to have limited impact on the financial results of STX France.