The World, Residences at Sea Announces Jessica Hoppe as Interim CEO

[Fort Lauderdale, Florida, April 5, 2024] – The Board of Directors of The World, Residences at Sea, the largest privately owned residential mega yacht on Earth, has announced Jessica Hoppe as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective April 4, 2024 following the departure of former CEO Tom Wolber who has left the organization for personal reasons. Ms. Hoppe will oversee the company, which maintains personnel in its Fort Lauderdale, Florida corporate office and on board the ship.

The Board of Directors asked Ms. Hoppe, who was previously The World’s Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, to assume the role of Interim CEO due to her proven hands-on leadership and insightful understanding of the ship’s operations and organizational governance. She joined the company in February 2022 as General Counsel and Vice President of Strategic Alignment and was promoted to Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel in August 2023.

“I am extremely honored and privileged to step into this important role at The World,” said Ms. Hoppe. “With the full support of our shoreside and shipboard Senior Leadership Teams we are strongly positioned to undertake our key strategic initiatives and prepare for the vessel’s dry dock in 2025. This is a very exciting time at The World and I look forward to the ship’s continued success.”

Prior to joining The World, Ms. Hoppe served as General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Crystal Cruises, LLC, in Miami, Florida. At Genting Americas Inc. in New York, New York and Miami, Florida she served as General Counsel, Secretary and Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs. She also held positions with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, in New York, New York and Balch & Bingham, LLP, in Gulfport, Mississippi and Birmingham, Alabama.

Ms. Hoppe received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in German and Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also attended the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

# # #

About The World
Launched in 2002, The World® is the largest privately owned, residential mega yacht on earth with 165 luxury Residences. A diverse group of more than 150 Residents from 20 countries own the homes onboard and share interests in world cultures, history and adventure, and exploring fascinating destinations. They circumnavigate the globe every two to three years following an extraordinary itinerary that they select. In-depth expeditions and one-of-a-kind experiences are complemented by world-class amenities and impeccable service.

This private community at sea offers the ultimate combination of luxurious and enriching travel with world-class amenities and facilities. These include impeccable culinary mastery in six restaurants, exceptional golf facilities with onboard putting greens, a state-of-the-art golf simulator and pro, the only full-size, regulation tennis court at sea, swimming pools, a spa, a fitness center complete with personal trainers, expert destination lecturers, library, cinema, hobby and games rooms, and more.

This strikingly beautiful ship provides gracious and personalized service for the families who call The World home; all customized to residents’ preferences in a warm and inviting ambience much like that of a private yacht, well-staffed home or exclusive country club.

Media Contact:
For additional information or to request images of The World contact:

Joanna Merredew, The Dovetail Agency
+44 (0) 20 3709 7809

Catherine Peel
+44 (0) 20 3709 7809

Back to Top