MSC’s Vago to remain at CLIA Europe’s helm

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CLIAThe CLIA Europe Board, which is in charge of providing strategic direction to Europe’s cruise industry association, has voted to reappoint Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, as CLIA Europe Chairman.
First appointed to lead the European branch of the Cruise Lines International Association in November 2013, Mr Vago has recently completed his two-year term as CLIA Europe Chairman. The members of CLIA Europe’s Board have unanimously asked him to remain at the association’s helm for another year – according to the CLIA Europe’s bylaws, having completed an initial two-year term, the Chairman may be re-elected for an extra one-year term.
The Board has also voted to make Kyriakos Anastassiadis, CEO of Celestyal Cruises, a permanent member of CLIA Europe’s Executive Committee, which provides high level management input into the association’s day-to-day running. In this position, Mr Anastassiadis will take on the crucial role of representing the views and interests of the smaller CLIA Europe Cruise Line Members.
The remaining members of the Executive Committee, as confirmed by the Board, are: David Dingle, Chairman of Carnival UK and CLIA Europe Vice Chairman; Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Chairman of Silversea Cruises; Dominic Paul, VP International of Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises & Azamara Club Cruises and MD, RCL Cruises Ltd; and Michael Thamm, CEO of the Costa Group.
Mr Vago, Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises and CLIA Europe Chairman, said: “I feel honoured and humbled by the Board’s decision to trust me as CLIA Europe Chairman for an extra term. The last two years have been of profound change for CLIA Europe as we have moved away from the former European Cruise Council to embrace CLIA’s globally integrated structure. During this time we have worked hard to resolve many challenges that have appeared along the way. Thanks to our efforts we have emerged as a more effective team of professionals with a stronger presence in Europe. I remain fully committed to matching my peers’ trust with my outmost dedication during the upcoming year.”
Raphael von Heereman, Secretary General of CLIA Europe, said: “Pierfrancesco has been instrumental to CLIA Europe’s success over the last two years. Thanks to his restless support, Europe’s cruise industry leaders are now more dedicated to the association’s day-to-day work than ever before. He has helped us to greatly expand our effectiveness in Brussels and other European capitals, in terms of government affairs, communication and business development. As a result we have notably increased the added value that we bring to our Cruise Line Members and Executive Partners.
“I am confident that, with Mr Vago staying at the helm, the coming year will be one of success to CLIA Europe and Europe’s cruise industry.”