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Giersdorf resigns from Ambassadors (Majestic America Line, Windstar Cruises)

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On October - 25 - 2007

David Giersdorf, who led the rapid growth of the cruise division of Ambassadors International, announced his resignation as of Dec. 31. Joe Ueberroth, chairman and ceo, will act as interim president, effective immediately.

As president and coo of Ambassadors Cruise Group, Giersdorf steered the creation of Majestic America Line, which brought together the three vessels of the Delta Queen Steamboat Co. (Delta Queen, Mississippi Queen and American Queen) with Empress of the North, Queen of the West, Columbia Queen and Contessa. He also oversaw the acquisition of Windstar Cruises, adding an international three ship (Wind Surf, Wind Star, Wind Spirit) to the group.

Giersdorf, who previously oversaw sales and marketing at Holland America Line, took the helm of Ambassadors’ cruise group in late 2005.

In a statement, Ueberroth credited Giersdorf with enabling the company to “accomplish an extraordinary amount in a short period of time.”

Giersdorf stated that he would continue to work with Ueberroth to ensure “a very successful transition.”

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