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Classic Vacation’s David Hu Steps Down; Melissa Krueger Appointed CEO

Press Release

  • Feb 1, 2022
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  • Press Release

Classic Vacation’s David Hu Steps Down; Melissa Krueger Appointed CEO

San Jose, CA Classic VacationsTM, the #1 rated global luxury travel company, has announced the confirmation of Melissa Krueger as chief executive officer, following the departure of David Hu, who served as president and CEO for the past 13 years.

Outgoing CEO Hu, who stewarded the company through some of its most challenging times, leaves Classic set up to succeed financially and operationally. “I have had the remarkable privilege to lead a talented, dedicated, and passionate group of people to whom I refer to as my CV family. But the time has come for me to focus my time, energy and efforts on my own family with a personal sabbatical,” Hu said in a press statement. “As we emerge from the pandemic, Melissa is the right leader for Classic Vacations. Her knowledge, passion, and unwavering faith in Classic Vacations will be able to drive the company into a new era.”

Krueger has provided “winning direction and inspiring vision” within the organization, contributing to the efficient scaling of the business. She has been with the company for nine years, most recently leading its Groups division as vice president and general manager. According to Classic, as an accomplished leader and 20-year veteran in the travel industry, she has proven her ability to deliver value to all stakeholders.

“Along with my leadership team, I am deeply committed to the long-term success of our employees, customers and suppliers; and I am passionate about the strength of our products and services and the opportunities they present,” said Krueger. “As we lead in an ever-evolving marketplace, we must welcome possibilities for new ways of doing our work, partnering with others, and delivering value to customers.”

ABOUT CLASSIC VACATIONS® Classic Vacations delivers superior customer satisfaction to Travel Advisors and their clients. Classic Vacations offers a full line of accommodations, from mid-tier to luxury (including suites, villas, and residences), competitive pricing, first class and private transportation options, and unique tours and excursions in Abu Dhabi, Asia, Australia, Canada, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Dubai, Europe, Fiji, Hawaii, Mainland USA, Maldives, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Seychelles, and Tahiti. Travel Advisors have always relied on Classic Vacations to help create exceptional travel experiences for their clients. For more information, visit or call (800) 221-3949. CST: 2079429-20

ABOUT THE NAJAFI COMPANIES : The Najafi Companies is an entrepreneurially-driven private investment firm which makes highly selective investments across industries with significant holdings in consumer, hospitality, sports, media, ecommerce and technology. By funding its investments with internally generated capital and utilizing a strategy of concentration, not diversification, Najafi is empowered to think long-term, remain highly flexible and operate in true alignment with management. The team’s passion is to create value in areas that are underserved or undergoing rapid transformation, and during these uncertain times, The Najafi Companies continues its mission to “do well and do good” and partner with world-class, entrepreneurial teams. Headquartered in Phoenix with offices in LA and NY.