Boutique luxury cruise line SeaDream Yacht Club has appointed Walter Littlejohn as Chief Sales Officer.
Bringing over three decades of extensive experience in the cruise industry, including several executive and leaderships roles, Littlejohn will assume 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 of SeaDream Yacht Club.
“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”, said Brynestad.
Littlejohn joins SeaDream Yacht Club after a long-term consulting engagement with Silversea Cruises, where he has been working on a variety of strategic initiatives. Prior, Littlejohn spent six years as SVP 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”, said Littlejohn.
Walter Littlejohn started his life-long career in the industry as a summer intern whilst in college and after graduation joined Carnival Cruise Lines to become one of the youngest Regional Sales Managers ever hired. Littlejohn also has strong ties to the travel agent community, having founded his own agency, which he owned for over a decade, after his stint at Carnival.
He has also held key positions at Expedia Inc. and AmaWaterways and is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
SeaDream Yacht Club’s President Bob Lepisto, who until recently has 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 Andreas Brynestad.
Based in Miami, Littlejohn joined SeaDream on January 3 and reports to Andreas Brynestad.
More new faces
The appointment of Walter Littlejohn is the latest in a series of new senior and key appointments in SeaDream Yacht Club. Recent additions include Mark Schmitt, Sales Director UK and Ireland, as well as Rune Thomas Ege, Senior Vice President of Communications.
Family owned and operated, SeaDream Yacht Club founded modern yacht cruising in 2001. Today, the boutique luxury cruise line offers distinct 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.
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