Former Costa President Gianni Onorato to Become CEO of MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises appointed Gianni Onorato to CEO of the company, effective September 2, 2013.

With almost 30 years’ experience in the cruise industry, Onorato has experience in senior executive leadership, serving as president of Costa Crociere for more than nine years.

He graduated from the Istituto Orientale of Naples with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1983, and specialized in business administration at SDA Bocconi in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Pierfrancesco Vago will continue to lead the privately held cruise company in the role of executive chairman, while scaling up the scope of his duties. From his new position he will also oversee all other companies of the MSC group that have strategic relevance to the tourism sector.

Vago has been leading MSC Cruises since 2003, when a 8 billion dollar investment plan was put into place, transforming the company from ‘the new kids on the block’ to the world’s third largest cruise operator.

Onorato will be based in Geneva at the MSC Cruises headquarters. He will report to the MSC board of directors and to its executive chairman.

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