Some familiar faces at MSC Cruises have changed leadership positions as part of the cruise line’s plans for expansion in North America. Effective immediately, Roberto Fusaro, a long-time senior MSC Cruises executive, has been appointed president of North America, calling upon his past 11 years with the company where he led MSC Cruises’ business in South America to become the leading cruise line across the region. An industry vet, Fusaro has worked for other cruise brands prior to joining MSC Cruises in 2005. In his stead, Adrian Ursilli and Javier Massignani have become, respectively, managing director for Brazil and Argentina.
Also with immediate effect, Rick Sasso is assuming the role of chairman of MSC North America. He’s credited with leading the MSC Cruises North America team for more than 12 years and was involved in the debut of MSC Divina. “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 11 new next-generation smart cruise ships entering into service between June 2017 and 2026, for a total investment of $10.2 billion,” said Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, in a press release statement.
“With the ultra-modern and beautiful MSC Divina home-porting in Miami, the revolutionary MSC Seaside to be christened in Miami in December 2017 and to also home-port there, as well as the development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve—the most exciting new private destination ever built by a cruise line—it is clear that MSC Cruises is committed to the North American market,” said Fusaro. For more information, visit msccruisesusa.com.