meet the executive team

Andrew Todd

CEO of Xanterra Travel Collection

Andrew N. Todd has been President & CEO of Xanterra Travel Collection since 1994, and serves as President of each of the brands within Xanterra including Windstar Cruises. As Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management for Chicago-based JMB Realty Corporation, he orchestrated the acquisition of TW Recreational Services, Inc. and their merger with JMB’s Parks & Resorts Division resulting in Xanterra becoming the largest park concessions management company in the United States.

Today, Xanterra operates hotels, lodges, retail stores, restaurants, campsites, and other hospitality and recreational facilities in seven national parks and memorials. Xanterra also owns and operates the Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel in Williams, Arizona as well as The Oasis at Death Valley in California, The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Arizona and Cedar Creek Lodge just outside of Glacier National Park. Xanterra also owns and operates small ship leader Windstar Cruises whose six yachts offer luxury cruises around the world. Xanterra has acquired adventure tour operators VBT Bicycling Vacations and Country Walkers, as well as traditional tours offered by Holiday Vacations.

Xanterra has become widely recognized for its progressive environmental stewardship and related innovations in the hospitality industry. Todd’s establishment of company-wide environmental standards has led to numerous industry and peer-reviewed awards for Xanterra. A native of Indiana, Todd began his career at KPMG soon after obtaining his degree in Accounting from Indiana University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

Christopher Prelog


“I create a culture where the team can perform its best in an environment they enjoy.”

Chris has firsthand knowledge that working aboard cruise ships is hard work. As a young 20-something, he called his dad to tell him he wasn’t cut out for his cruise line job as a waiter, but his dad told him he needed to follow it through. He did. And eventually he got in the groove and loved working as part of a crew. That he’s now president of the cruise line that owns that first ship he worked aboard is no surprise. With more than 20 years in the industry he knows the ins and outs of how a cruise line works.

Originally from Austria, Chris earned a bachelor’s degree from the Higher Tourism Institute in Austria along with several tourism and accounting certificates from US colleges. He enjoys the diversity of his job in tourism and holds himself to high standards. He joined Windstar in 2017 and loves the supportive family-like atmosphere. He’s a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s invitation-only Society of Fellows.

As a kid, he wanted to be a race car driver and then a pilot. For someone who wanted to get places fast, he’s pretty happy overseeing cruise ships – a relatively slow, relaxing pace of travel. To win a place in his heart, invite him to pull up a chair at the ice cream parlor for a cone and conversation about Formula One. If you’re looking for him aboard one of the ships, check near the ice cream station. Aside from testing out all the ice cream stores around, Chris enjoys running, spending time with family and choosing colorful, eye-catching specs at his favorite eyeglass store.

Travel memory: My daughter at a younger age thought it was really funny to change my passport with hers leading to a smiling airline agent saying, “That is a cute picture. Can I have your passport please?” It was an important trip, so I had to ask my wife to quickly drive my passport to the airport. I made it just in time – the plane door literally closed behind me.

Janet Bava

Chief Commercial Officer

"Travel is truly a force of good in this world and allows us to meet new people, learn new cultures, and realize how similar we all are."

Cuban born and Miami raised, Janet Bava found her love for travel at a young age. She had her first taste of cruising at the age of 15 when she celebrated her quinceañera onboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and never looked back. She describes herself as a cruise lifer and internationally travel driven — she even met her husband while traveling through Italy during her college years.

Prior to joining Windstar Cruises during the summer of 2023, Bava was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer for AmaWaterways River Cruises and she has spent upwards of 20 years working in the travel industry. Most notably, prior to AmaWaterways, Bava was the VP of Marketing (The Americas) for Silversea Cruises where she fell in love with small-ship luxury cruising. Graduated from Florida International University with her Marketing and International Business degree, she always dreamed of working for a global brand poised for expansion and that would allow her to focus on bringing people from all over the world closer together. As a member of Chief, she enjoys connecting and supporting women executive leaders and emerging future female leaders in the corporate world.

She prides herself on being a results-driven professional who is able to lead by example and set a clear vision for her team. Bava values collaboration, creativity and innovation. She sees the advantages of leveraging new emerging technologies to consistently deliver results and she looks forward to further elevating the Windstar experience ensuring every touch point with our guests can be 180 degrees from ordinary.

There's one thing Bava has that never expires — her passport. If she could, she would explore the whole world on a ship with her beloved colleagues, family & friends. With an already accomplished travel portfolio, Bava is most eager to experience Tahiti and the Middle East the Windstar way, on an intimate private-yacht style cruise delighting in the culinary experiences this award-winning global travel brand is renowned for.

Kristin Badgett

Vice President of Revenue Management & Itinerary Planning

Kristin Badgett has been instrumental in leading Windstar Cruises to record growth. She oversees a team of eight in a variety of key commercial functions encompassing revenue management, budgeting and forecasting, pricing strategy, inventory control, advanced analytics and diagnostics, deployment development, itinerary planning, and cross-departmental planning and project implementation. Badgett joined Windstar in 2008 having taken on roles of growing responsibility in the revenue and deployment arena as a Senior Financial Analyst, and Director of Revenue & Inventory Management. Badgett previously worked in the cruise industry at Cruise West and Holland America Line and holds a B.A. in Accounting from Portland State University. Badgett lives in the Seattle area and enjoys traveling and relaxing in her leisure time.

Paul Barrett

Vice President of Technical Operations

Paul Barrett is responsible for Marine & Technical Operations overseeing all related aspects with regard to safety and regulatory compliance, inventory control and purchasing, shipyard projects and refits, marine operations and fuel procurement. He has over 30 years of marine engineering and technical operations experience having most recently worked for the Holland America Group overseeing Technical Operations for Princess Cruises’ 18 vessels deployed worldwide. He is a graduate of the Executive Management Leadership Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from California Coast University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Marine Engineers, Scientists and Technologists in the U.K. and a member of the U.S.A. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Peter Tobler

Director of Hotel Operations

In his Director of Hotel Operations position, Tobler is responsible for overall leadership and guiding principles overseeing hotel management for the fleet including food and beverage operations, revenue, product development, service standards, and employee training and development. Tobler was running his own consulting business and was vice president of culinary/food and beverage for Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, as well as director of food and beverage operations for luxury operators Seabourn and Cunard. Tobler’s recent cruise industry successes include receiving the Best Cruises for Food Lovers distinction by Food & Wine Magazine; the Seatrade Insider Cruise Award for the Chef’s Table, and a 31st Annual Telly Award for Love at First Sip. Educated at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Culinary Institute of Zurich in Switzerland, and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Tobler is a lifetime member of the Cornell Society of Hotelmen and past president and chairman of the board of directors for the Marine Hotel Association.

Michael Inman

Senior Director of Marine, Safety & Environmental Operations

Bringing a diverse spectrum of experience from both the U.S. Coast Guard and the cruise industry, Michael Inman is responsible for Windstar Cruises Marine, Safety & Environmental Operations. He leads the company’s efforts related to nautical operations, port operations, safety, occupational safety, environmental operations, medical and public health, and works alongside the rest of the fleet operations, technical operations and risk management teams to maintain and further enhance the company’s high standards for safety and traveler welfare. Previously he was responsible for the Risk Management & Maritime Auditing programs. During his 30-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard, he was involved in leading complex search and rescue, law enforcement and international engagement operations. He also worked for Holland America Group. With a B.S. in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a M.S. in Telecommunications Systems Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Mike is also an Associate Fellow of The Nautical Institute and on the board of the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network.

John Gunner

Vice President of Expansion Projects

John Gunner’s career (and educational background) started in electrical engineering. He became a sea-going officer aboard P&O Princess Cruises, where he worked through various engineering department ranks culminating as Chief Electro Technical Officer. Then as Senior Project Manager for their New Build Group he designed and reviewed development of passenger vessels, including five mega-ships. He subsequently took the position of Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for Princess Cruises. Since 2016, he has served as a technical consultant for Windstar Cruises, helping oversee major vessel projects. His Vice President of Expansion Projects role is a new position at Windstar.

Toby Skey Vice President Human Resources

Toby Skey

Vice President of Human Resources

“I am constantly so pleased to find that we take our work so seriously, but not ourselves.”

Everybody loves the bloke with the British accent. So it is with Toby, fondly called Tobe. He’s the one cracking jokes and making people laugh – even though he’s in HR. Toby grew up in a tiny town in Northhamptonshire, England (so small there wasn’t even a pub) and wanted to see the world. A student exchange program sent him to Central Washington University in Ellensburg. With a degree in psychology from the University of Plymouth England and an MBA from University of Washington, he eventually stayed in Washington state. He’s worked in HR at storied Northwest companies – managing director at Alaska Airlines and director of human resources at PACCAR Inc. At Windstar, Toby focuses on developing talent programs and initiatives to support 1,500 crew and 150 plus corporate employees. He enjoys finding ways to bring people together to harness their collective energy for fun and productive work. In free time, you’ll find him boating on Puget Sound or fly fishing on a river. So Pacific Northwesty for the guy from England.

A memorable travel moment:  A Boeing plane I was due to be on from Seattle to Oakland cancelled due to a mechanical issue. Ultimately everyone was rebooked, but the original plane was fixed, and I was given the option to fly to Oakland with just me, the flight attendants and the pilots. The pilot still made announcements the whole way saying things like “Toby, if you look out the right-hand side window you will see Mt. Rainier!”

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Kevin Dillman

Senior Director, Central Reservations

“I enjoy helping our guests fulfill their dreams and bucket list travel.”

Anyone who’s sent Kevin a document for review has likely received it back well marked up. He’s thorough. There’s no gray area in guest services and Kevin knows what will cause the phones to ring with questions from guests. Better to clarify it first. A long career in travel contact centers makes him an expert. He says many are surprised how decisions in their departments can create an impact in guest services. He is not. And that’s why he asks questions and probes deeper. In remote meetings, you can count on creative backgrounds from him, but every Tuesday is the same. Taco Tuesday. Kevin joined Xanterra in 1997 to lead its contact center and added Windstar’s contact center in 2020. Detail oriented yet easy-going, Kevin is a drummer and loves music. He’s been in a band for years and has opened up for several big name bands in addition to two singles released that reached the upper 50s on the country billboard charts. He gives back to his community and shares his love of music by playing drums at his church. A Nebraska, now Colorado resident, Kevin is known for cheering on the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Colorado Rockies and Denver Broncos.

A memorable travel moment: In my younger years, I was sometimes forgetful with my traveling documents. In one instance, I put my return ticket (paper in those days) and ID in my jacket – and left it at the airport. After many fruitless calls, I personally visited the airport and found it just as I had left it, everything in the pockets.

Stijn Creuptlandt

Stijn Creupelandt

Vice President of Hotel Operations & Product Development

“Traveling opens your mind and heart to the world."

From shipboard crew to the C-suite, Stijn Creupelandt carries this torch on for Windstar’s team of executives. When Stijn graduated from the Higher Institute for Hotel Management (ISGH) in Namur, Belgium with a master’s in hotel management he’d already lined up a job at Sheraton Dubai. And then 9/11 happened and that job evaporated. Quick to pivot, he took his first cruise line job as a waiter instead. By his early twenties he was already a senior officer in the hotel department. A land-based offer soon took him ashore to manage hotel operations for a luxury cruise line.

Now with more than 20 years’ experience in the cruise industry, he’s taken the reigns at Windstar overseeing hotel operations and product development (think shore excursions and cruise tours!). He enjoys his career in the cruise industry because it lets him connect with people and forge relationships. At Windstar, he likes the collaborative team spirit and can-do attitude – and sometimes passionate discussions.

Don’t be late meeting him because that annoys him. Also, please no random bagging at the grocery checkout line; nobody wants crushed fruit. As a child he wanted to be a chef so of course he enjoys entertaining in his free time. He says he’s known for “bald ideas or is it my bold looks?” We say he’s known for being a bold bald guy – so yes for both.

Travel Memory: Once I had a last minute business trip over the holidays flying from Miami to Vietnam. A layover in Paris on Christmas allowed just enough time for a train trip to Belgium to surprise his family for lunch. Dressed for the tropics, the cold weather didn’t deter him, but he was bone cold by the time he returned to the airport to continue his warm weather travel.

Dianna Rom

Vice President of Sales

Dianna Rom, Vice President of Sales, is a travel industry executive with more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry. Dianna is responsible for Windstar Cruises overall global sales efforts, developing sales strategies and leading the teams who support the travel advisor communities worldwide with a focus in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Dianna grew up in travel and tourism and built her entire career working in the hospitality industry. She has been a team member at many brand hotels including Omni Hotels, Hilton Brand Hotels, Holiday Inn’s, as well as boutique branded hotels. Dianna joined Xanterra in 2000 as the Director of Sales and Marketing for eight resorts and in 2014 moved to Windstar Cruises continuing her career with the Xanterra Travel Collection. Dianna has worked in various roles within the hospitality industry, with a focus on groups, and the sales and marketing side of the business. She enjoys meeting new Travel Advisors and sharing the Windstar Story. Having spent most of her time on the corporate and operational side of the travel industry it has been a fun transition for Dianna to focus on the leisure side of the business.

Alfonso Robles

Vice President of Finance

"I know for sure no kid grows up saying he wants to be an accountant."

Doctor, detective, rock star, writer. These were the grown up careers Alfonso thought about as a kid. Dual degrees in English literature and accounting from Florida International University is where he landed. Something for the left brain. Something for the right. A family man, he spends his time cheering on his three kids, taking family road trips, biking, beaching, and grilling at home - family time. He believes vacations are priceless opportunities to connect with loved ones and make memories. With many years in the cruise industry, Alfonso says he enjoys his work in this dynamic industry that fosters teamwork and requires an "all in" approach to meet objectives. He began his career at Royal Caribbean Group, then added Carnival Cruise Line and World Residences at Sea. Windstar's collaborative, fun, team-oriented culture drew him in. Just don't serve him cold soup. He'll send it back.

A memorable travel moment: My family, we are road warriors. We like to hit the open road; we've driven as far as Oklahoma and up to Tennessee. It's great family time. Honestly, the hardest part is the eight hours to get out of Florida.

Society of Fellows of the Culinary Institute of America

Windstar Cruises President Chris Prelog is a member of the prestigious Society of Fellows of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), an organization established to enhance the quality, excellence and reputation of graduates from The Culinary Institute of America. CIA Fellows serve not only as ambassadors and champions of the college and students, but also as mentors, sharing expertise and real-world experience to help students bridge the gap between classroom learning and industry experience. Participation in the Society of Fellows is by invitation only, and grants members access to unrivaled and promising culinary talent in the food service industry.