CLIA names Pierfrancesco Vago as new global chairman

MSC Cruises' executive chairman is the first European to take on the role
CLIA names Pierfrancesco Vago as new global chairman

MSC Cruises

Pierfrancesco Vago is the first European to hold the role of global chair at CLIA

By Rebecca Gibson |

MSC Cruises’ executive chairman Pierfrancesco Vago has been named as the new global chairman of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

Vago, who previously served as chairman of CLIA Europe in 2014, will assume the role immediately and remain in the position until 2023. He is the first European to serve as global chairman of CLIA.

“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,” said Vago. “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 succeeds Adam Goldstein, who recently completed his second term as global chairman of CLIA.

“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 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.”

Speaking about the new appointment, CLIA president and CEO Kelly Craighead said: “On behalf of the entire CLIA community, including both our staff and our members, I would like to welcome Mr Vago and congratulate him on his appointment as CLIA global chairman. 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 USA in particular.”

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