MSC Cruises has announced new key management appointments to support the next phase of the company’s growth in North America.
CEO Gianni Onorato said MSC Cruises will be deploying 11 next-generation smart cruise ships between 2017 and 2026, totaling a cost of $10.2 billion. Effective immediately, long-time senior MSC Cruises executive Roberto Fusaro will assume the role of president of North America. For eleven years, Fusaro led MSC Cruises’ business in South America. Fusaro holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is an industry veteran.
Rick Sasso will assume the role of chairman of MSC North America. Sasso led the MSC Cruises North America team for more than 12 years and successfully expanded the North American market. A highlight of his tenure included the debut of the MSC Divina, which sails year-round to the Caribbean.
With Fusaro’s new role in North America, Adrian Ursilli and Javier Massignani will become managing director for Brazil and Argentina, respectively. In their new positions, Ursilli and Massignani will look to further consolidate the leadership position that MSC Cruises has gained in South America over the years.