MSC’s new luxury brand, Explora Journeys, has strengthened its commercial team.
Six new senior appointments were announced last month in global and regional roles, prior to the line’s startup in 2023.
Michael Ungerer, Explora Journeys CEO, said: “We have assembled a fantastic, diverse team of enthusiastic, passionate and highly experienced professionals to strengthen further our commitment to the travel advisor community, our valuable partners.
“Explora Journeys in a short period of time has quickly been accepted into several preferred partnership programmes, which demonstrates clearly the confidence and trust the travel industry places in Explora Journeys and its team.
“These new commercial appointments, working within the global team led by Chris Austin, are further positive steps forward as we continue to build a truly defining and highly desired, luxury lifestyle brand,” he said.
Helen Beck has been appointed Head of Global Sales Excellence.
Based in the brand’s Geneva headquarters, she is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the brand`s processes and resources to support the commercial global field sales leaders and the Explora Journeys Experience Centre and team of Ambassadors.
She recently spent five years as Crystal Cruises ‘ Vice President International Sales and Marketing and before that, 16 years with Royal Caribbean Cruises Group as Regional Director, International Representatives, EMEA.
Four new Heads of Sales were also engaged to support the development of and execute the commercial sales strategy for their local markets.
They included – Saul Fonseca, Head of Sales, USA East, and The Americas; Aimee Price, Head of Sales USA West, and Canada; Priti Mehta, Head of Sales UK & Ireland (effective 13th December, 2021) and Francisco Sanchez, Head of Sales – Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, plus Leyre Torres Campo, Business Relationships Lead, Southern Europe.
Chris Austin, Chief Sales Officer, added: “I am looking forward to work alongside such a talented and highly respected commercial team who will all relish our commitment to the travel advisor community. The new team members all have long-established relationships, built on a solid foundation of trust, credibility and experience within the luxury cruise and hospitality industry.”