River Cruise Riviera River Cruises hires Nicola Iannone By Michelle Baran / November 07, 2017 Share 1 -- British company Riviera River Cruises has named Nicola Iannone to serve as vice president of sales. Most recently, Iannone was executive vice president of sales for North America for French river cruise line CroisiEurope. Iannone will oversee a team of regional sales directors as the British river cruise operator continues its expansion into the U.S. market. He has also been charged with helping to expand awareness of the brand and to develop relationships with travel agents, consortia and tour operators. The news comes on the heels of Riviera River Cruises having tapped Dana Griffin to serve as director of sales at the company's new U.S. national sales office, which is located in Fairfield, Conn. Riviera was founded in 2008 and is launching its fifth river cruise vessel in spring 2018.