MSC Cruises’ Pierfrancesco Vago has been appointed to a two-year term as global chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), effective immediately.
Vago served as chief of MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, before becoming the cruise line’s executive chairman in 2016.
He also previously served as chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014, and is the first European to take the reins as the association’s global chairman.
CLIA president and chief executive Kelly Craighead described Vago as “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,” she said.
Commenting on his appointment, Vago said: “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.
“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 replaces Adam Goldstein, who recently completed his second term as global chairman of CLIA.
Goldstein will remain busy with his involvement in several technology start-ups and non-profit organisations.
“It has been an honour to serve as global chairman of CLIA these past two years, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together, even as we have faced unprecedented challenges,” he said.
“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.”