Fusaro Named President Of MSC NA, Sasso Now Chairman
MSC Cruises is readying for a major growth spurt in North America by naming long-time senior executive Roberto Fusaro as President of North America. Rick Sasso, after leading the MSC Cruises North America team for more than 12 years, will take on a new role as Chairman.
Over the past 11 years, Fusaro led MSC Cruises’ business in South America. He previously worked for other cruise brands, including in Miami, prior to joining MSC Cruises in 2005.
“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 MSC CEO Gianni Onorato.
“As we grow globally, North America is naturally more and more a strategic market for MSC Cruises. For this reason, we are thrilled to have Roberto take the leadership of MSC Cruises’ business in the region and work hand-in-hand with Rick to further our ability to capture the significant additional opportunities for growth that this market presents,”Onorato added.
“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.
“I am honoured to have the opportunity to take on this new challenge and excited to work with Rick and the rest of the North American team as we look to further grow our business in the region and deliver a unique vacation experience to guests on board one of the most modern and elegant fleets at sea.”
For his part, Sasso says he welcomes Fusaro to the team at an auspicious time for MSC North America. “I know what’s to come in the future will be even more impressive than anything we’ve seen yet.”