CruisePierfrancesco Vago succeeds Adam Goldstein at 'critical juncture' for the global cruise industry.

MSC Cruises' boss is new global chair of CLIA

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The executive chair of MSC Cruises began his two-year term starting 21 January.
The executive chair of MSC Cruises began his two-year term starting 21 January.

Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises, has been named global chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

He is the first European to serve in this role, following a previous tenure as chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014.

“Mr Vago is a visionary leader within the global cruise community. We will benefit tremendously from his ideas, insights, and direction as we look to overcome the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and support the restart of the cruise industry internationally and in the United States in particular,” aid CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead.

MSC Cruises reported more than 800% growth in his time as CEO from 2003 to 2013. As executive chair, Vago will continue growing the company, based in Geneva, Switzerland, while juggling the CLIA posting in what he calls a "highly critical juncture for our industry globally".

“I am honoured and grateful for the support and trust of my peers as we work to resume the business of creating unforgettable experiences for our treasured guests, as well as generating economic impact and job opportunities benefitting millions of people worldwide who are touched in so many ways by our industry,” said Vago.

“With over 200 sailings that have taken place since last summer in various markets around the world, all with strict measures in place to promote public health, we have proven that a return to cruising is possible. I look forward to working with CLIA leadership and our partners in the industry to continue down this path and help secure a vibrant future for all who depend on it.”

Vago succeeds Adam Goldstein, who recently completed his second term as global chairman of CLIA.

“I have known Pierfrancesco Vago for many years and am fortunate to consider him a friend. I wish him and everyone at CLIA and throughout the industry tremendous success. I truly believe that the best is yet to come for this very special industry," said Goldstein.

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