Tourism & Cruises

MSC Cruises appoints new North American executives

MSC Cruises moved the MSC Divina to PortMiami, where it will do Caribbean cruises year-round.
MSC Cruises moved the MSC Divina to PortMiami, where it will do Caribbean cruises year-round. MCT

Geneva-based MSC Cruises announced the appointment of long-time executive Roberto Fusaro as president of its North American operations and Rick Sasso, who held that role for 12 years, as chairman of its North American operations.

“This is an exciting time for MSC Cruises as we are in the midst of the second phase of our company’s growth, which includes an industry-unprecedented eleven new next-generation smart cruise ships entering into service between June 2017 and 2026, for a total investment of $10.2 billion,” Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said in a statement. “As we grow globally, North America is naturally more and more a strategic market for MSC Cruises. For this reason, we are thrilled to have Roberto take the leadership of MSC Cruises’ business in the region and work hand-in-hand with Rick to further our ability to capture the significant additional opportunities for growth that this market presents.”

The company also announced that Adrian Ursilli and Javier Massignani will become, respectively, managing directors for Brazil and Argentina. They had previously been commercial directors in those markets.

In April, MSC said it would invest $4.6 billion in up to four new ships.

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