MSC Cruises has announced that Gianni Onorato will serve as the new CEO of MSC Cruises beginning next week.
Onorato has almost 30 years of experience in the cruise industry, most recently serving as Costa Cruise’s President for the past 9 years. He graduated from the Istituto Orientale of Naples with a degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures in 1983, and specialized in business administration at SDA Bocconi in Milan and INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed to this exciting role and I am also particularly excited to move to Geneva, where the MSC Cruises headquarters is based,” said Onorato. “I will do everything I can to add value to the company and help MSC Cruises maximize its industry-leading position. I look forward to starting work with the management team in this significant moment of the company’s growth.”
MSC’s former CEO, Pierfrancesco Vago, will assume a new role as Executive Chairman at MSC. From his new position he will also oversee other companies of the MSC group that have strategic relevance to the tourism and cruise sector.
Onorato will assume his new position effective September 2nd. He will be based in Geneva at the MSC Cruises headquarters. He will report to the MSC Board of Directors and to its Executive Chairman.