'Friends of Edie' Join Crystal In Hiring Surge

Cruise Week
Since the acquisition of Crystal by Genting Hong Kong, the luxury brand has been making a slew of key personnel changes, many involving the hiring of execs from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises.

Azamara, of course, is the brand from which company President & CEO Edie Rodriguez came, and sources say Crystal is paying top dollar for the execs from RCCL and Azamara, including several in the field.

At least one key Crystal exec went in the other direction. Respected industry veteran Jack Anderson, Crystal’s Vice Chairman, is leaving the company. Anderson says, “Working at Crystal for Nobuyoshi Kuzuya has been the best job of my career (so far) due entirely to the extraordinary team of employees. I wish them great and continued success in the future."

As for Anderson’s own future: “I am definitely not retiring but rather will consider new opportunities to contribute to the hospitality industry.”

Donald Mason is Crystal’s new Senior V.P. of Finance and Strategic Planning. Most recently, he was director of fleet operations, finance and administration at RCCL. Like several of the other new hires, Mason will be based in Crystal’s new branch office in MIA.

Lyall Duncan has been appointed General Counsel for Crystal. Duncan also comes from RCCL.

Bruce Setloff, formerly of Azamara, is Crystal’s new V.P. Global Charter Sales & Special Projects. Setloff reports to Carmen Roig-Anderson, Crystal’s new Senior V.P., Marketing & Sales who also came over from Azamara.

Claudius Docekal, Crystal’s new V.P. of Deployment, was Azamara’s director of deployment destinations & charter sales.

Not all of the new execs hail from the Royal Caribbean group of brands. For instance, Donna Cook, Crystal’s V.P. of Quality Control & Communications, was previously Crystal’s Director of Sales - Western U.S. & Canada.

“This past month has been an exciting and busy period for all of us at Crystal Cruises,” Rodriguez told Cruise Week. “Not only have we been welcoming on board our new owners, Genting Hong Kong, but we've also been heavily involved in planning the growth of the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line.”

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