Costa Cruises has appointed Luigi Stefanelli as Associate Vice President for the Southern Europe Region.
He becomes responsible for the Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese markets.
In his new role, Stefanelli, supported by a management team, will aim to ensure the sustainable development of the region and its profitability.
Stefanelli gained international professional experience at Costa Cruises, having worked in Asia and Europe where he achieved important results and assumed increasing responsibilities.
“I believe this appointment can give a great boost to the commercial development of the Southern Europe Region,” said Roberto Alberti, Costa Cruises’ Senior Vice President & CCO.
“For us, these markets play a fundamental role and, thanks to the great international experience gained in recent years by Luigi, we are confident that we will be even more effective in the execution of our commercial strategy,” he said.
In his new role, Stefanelli will extend his responsibility to Italy, while maintaining his previous positions as General Manager Spain & Portugal and General Manager France.
Carlo Schiavon is to leave the post of Country Manager Italy to take on a personal project, but he will continue to co-operate with the company.
Stefanelli started his career as a consultant at Ernst & Young Financial Business Advisor in Rome and then began his journey in the cruise industry in Genoa, in Costa Cruises’ Pricing & Revenue Management department.
Since the end of 2012, he has held roles of increasing responsibility in different countries in which Costa operates.
A 38-year-old Neapolitan, Stefanelli has a degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Corporate Financial Reporting.