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MSC Cruises Appoints President, Chairman to Lead North American Growth

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | MSC Cruises | Patrick Clarke | August 17, 2016

MSC Cruises Appoints President, Chairman to Lead North American Growth

PHOTO: Newly-appointed President of MSC North America Roberto Fusaro (photo courtesy of MSC Cruises). 

MSC Cruises announced a pair of top-level management appointments this week as it eyes the next phase of its expansion in North America.

Senior executive Roberto Fusaro has been appointed to the role of President of MSC North America, while Rick Sasso will take over the position of Chairman of MSC North America.

Both appointments are effective immediately, MSC Cruises said.

An industry veteran, Fusaro joined MSC Cruises more than a decade ago and has spent his previous time with the Geneva, Switzerland-based cruise line helping to grow the business in South America.

Meanwhile, Sasso has spent the past dozen years leading MSC Cruises' North America team.

The appointments come approximately 16 months before the MSC Seaside is set to enter service and sail year-round to the Caribbean out of Miami.

READ MORE: How MSC Cruises Wants to Conquer The Americas

"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," said MSC Cruises CEO Gianni Onorato in a statement. 

"As we grow globally, North America is naturally more and more a strategic market for MSC Cruises," Onorato added. "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."

As Fusaro shifts his focus to North America, MSC Cruises revealed that former commercial directors Adrian Ursilli and Javier Massignani will be promoted to managing directors for Brazil and Argentina, respectively.

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