Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection hires Kristian Anderson to head sales

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection has named industry veteran Kristian Anderson vice president of global sales.

Anderson will be responsible for managing all facets of the company’s sales operations, including the development of strategic partnerships with the travel agent community.

He most recently was executive vice president of global sales for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, and before that was Silversea Cruises’ senior vice president and general manager for North America. 

Anderson’s more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry also includes roles with Qatar Airways and South Africa Airways. 

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection also named Karen Shiers senior director of MICE sales, responsible for leading the sales strategy and management of all meetings, incentives, charters and events. Shiers joins the team from Merlin Entertainments. 

The appointments come as the new cruise brand prepares to launch its inaugural vessel, the Evrima, in May. 

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