Richard E. Sasso
Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc., has been a well-respected figure in the cruise industry for more than 40 years. After holding key positions at Costa Cruises and Chandris Cruises, Sasso joined the senior management team that launched Celebrity Cruises in 1990. He served as president of that line from 1995 to 2001 and was instrumental in establishing it as a leading premium cruise line. Sasso was named president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA in April 2004. Since then, he has effectively positioned MSC Cruises for growth in the North American market as a cruise experience that uniquely reflects the heart and soul of the Mediterranean. In November 2013, MSC will debut one of its most dazzling vessels, MSC Divina, to Port Miami. She will be the first MSC ship to sail year round from North America. In 2001 he received the coveted “Hall of Fame” recognition from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) for his many efforts and accomplishments that have led to significant contributions in the growth of cruise vacations.