MSC Cruises

July 23, 2012 11:48 ET

MSC Cruises' Neil Palomba Named a Travel Industry 'Rising Star'

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - Jul 23, 2012) - MSC Cruises' Neil Palomba has been named one of the travel industry's "Rising Stars" by Travalliancemedia.

Palomba, 31, rose through the MSC Cruises organization, from a summertime shipboard employee at the age of 15 to worldwide Chief Operating Officer for MSC Cruises at age 29.

The 50 "Rising Stars" are featured in a special supplement accompanying the July issues of Vacation Agent Magazine and Agent@Home Magazine. Each was selected for their dedication to the travel industry and for their contributions to their organizations. Nominees had to meet several qualifications, including age (35 years of age and younger), position of authority and having shown initiative and creativity in accomplish great things and being poised for greater things.

"This is a well-deserved honor for someone who has played a key role in the growth of MSC Cruises both here and abroad," said Richard E. Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises (USA), Inc.

Prior to joining the corporate offices in Geneva, Switzerland, Palomba worked in the U.S. for the company's North American division based in Fort Lauderdale as the chief operating officer. There he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations, working closely with the sales and marketing teams to grow the business in the U.S. and Canada. 

Palomba was promoted in the summer of 2010 to the newly created role of COO for MSC Crociere, SA. In this position he works side-by-side with MSC's worldwide CEO, Pierfrancesco Vago, in shaping the company's strategy and future expansion while overseeing a variety of corporate functions. 

The vast knowledge he has acquired from the various positions he has held at MSC have allowed him to help grow MSC from an unknown cruise line to the fourth largest and fastest-growing cruise line in the world, with a fleet of 12 ships and a new ship under construction.

"During my 40-year tenure in the travel industry I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of bright, professional people. Neil stood out as a shining star from the beginning," Sasso said. "He is one of the youngest and most talented people I have had the pleasure to work with. His contributions to growing MSC during his time in the US have been invaluable. It is with great pride that I have watched his career blossom." 

About MSC Cruises:
MSC Cruises is a privately-held, family-owned, Italian cruise line with a fleet of 12 ships: MSC Magnifica, MSC Splendida, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia, MSC Orchestra, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Armonia, MSC Opera, MSC Lirica and MSC Melody. Its 12th ship, MSC Divina, a sister ship to MSC Fantasia and MSC Splendida, debuted in May 2012, with sister ship MSC Preziosa scheduled to join the fleet in March 2013. The fleet cruises year round in the Mediterranean and seasonally in Northern Europe, the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, South America, the Indian Ocean, and South and West Africa.

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