MSC taps Neil Palomba as COO of U.S. division

MSC Cruises appointed Neil Palomba COO of MSC Cruises USA.

Palomba will report to Rick Sasso, president and CEO of MSC Cruises USA, and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Fort Lauderdale-based North American general sales and marketing arm of MSC Crociere SA with a focus on organizing the U.S. operations to promote profitable growth, according to the cruise line.

"Neil has established himself as a vital member of MSC Cruises during a key period in our company's growth," Sasso said. "Neil demonstrates exceptional organizational and managerial skills that are certain to take MSC Cruises to new heights."

Palomba, who began his career with MSC at sea as a night steward, most recently was charged with overseeing the building of the Lirica and the Opera and their transfer from the shipyard to the MSC fleet. He also took delivery of the Armonia when the line acquired it in 2004 from Festival Cruises.

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