Geneva, Switzerland (January 21, 2021)
— MSC Cruises
announced the appointment of Alfonso Piccirillo as its Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
Mr Piccirillo, 43, joined MSC Cruises in 2004 and has for the past five years been the cruise line’s Head of Financial Planning and Controlling. Previous roles at the company include Business Analyst and Group Controller.
During his time at MSC Cruises, Mr. Piccirillo has successfully led financial planning and controlling, including management of reporting and analysis, financial planning processes, ship and infrastructure financing, strategic investment analysis and valuation.
Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises’ executive chairman, commented: “I am especially pleased to welcome Alfonso to the company’s senior management team. He is an example of how a young professional with values that are aligned with those of our company and the necessary dedication at MSC Cruises can aspire to a long and successful career all the way to the top. And in this, Alfonso’s trajectory to his new role as CFO was exemplary.”
Prior to joining MSC Cruises, Alfonso Piccirillo was Assistant Controller at FCA (Fiat Auto Ireland) in Dublin, Ireland and Site Controller at ST Microelectronics in Milan, Italy.
Mr. Piccirillo is a graduate in Business Economics from the University of Naples and has a master’s degree in Management Accounting and Control from SDA Bocconi in Milan. He recently completed an Executive MBA program from IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland and graduated with honors.
Mr. Vago concluded: “Today I also want to thank for his contribution and dedication Jean-Philippe Neau, who held the CFO role for the past three years supporting and leading a phase of significant growth for the business that saw MSC Cruises become the world’s third largest cruise brand. Jean-Philippe remains within the “family,” as he joins our holding company MSC Group to focus on project finance work.” ENDS About MSC Cruises
MSC Cruises is the brand leader in Europe, South America, the Gulf region and Southern Africa with more market share in addition to deployed capacity than any other player. It is also the fastest growing global cruise brand with a strong presence also in the Caribbean, North America and the Far East markets.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, MSC Cruises is part of MSC Group, the privately held Swiss-based leading shipping and logistics conglomerate with over 300 years of maritime heritage. MSC Cruises — the contemporary brand — has a modern fleet of 17 vessels combined with a sizeable future global investment portfolio of new vessels. The fleet is projected to grow to 23 cruise ships by 2025 with options for six vessel orders in place through 2030.
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