MSC’s Pierfrancesco Vago Named Global Chairman of CLIA

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, has been appointed to a two-year term as Global Chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), effectively immediately. 

“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,” said CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead. 


Vago served as CEO of MSC Cruises from 2003 to 2013, during which time the company experienced over 800 per cent growth, according to a media release. As executive chairman, he continues to propel MSC’s growth. He previously served as chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014. 

“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,” said Vago. “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 CLIA’s Global Chairman.

“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,” said Goldstein. “I truly believe that the best is yet to come for this very special industry.”

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