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Claire New RSM for Northern Ireland

MSC are celebrating their best WAVE period ever in the UK & Ireland with the hire of two new Regional Sales Managers - one of them covering Northern Ireland.

When Antonio Paradiso moved to the UK exactly a year ago he promised to totally transform the UK & Ireland business. One of the major pillars of his commitment to the UK was to restructure the UK & Ireland Sales team which now sees the hire of two further regional sales managers to complement the already expanded sales team.

MSC have appointed Luke Vanderhoeven who will be joining the team as RSM South West & Wales, and Claire Smith who will be joining to fill the newly created role of RSM Scotland, North East & Northern Ireland which will be complementing the recent hire of Colin Rillie as National Account Manager in the same region. Both Luke and Claire will report to Andrea Stafford, Head of Retail, who also recently joined the cruise line from Thomas Cook.

Vanderhoeven who previously worked in the Cruise Commercial team of TUI & Smith who has held several positions with TUI in Scotland both have an excellent knowledge and passion for cruise. Steve Williams Director of Sales said: "We are absolutely delighted to have Luke and Claire join our team to further develop MSC cruises on the high street as we embark on a period of rapid expansion, they will be instrumental in supporting, developing and training our Trade partners in their respective geographical regions, both have an exceptional background in high street retail travel so will really understand the needs of our partners and work with them closely to grow their MSC cruise business".

Antonio Paradiso MD said: "It is so rewarding one year on from my move to the UK to be in such a great position as we embark on the huge expansion plans earmarked for the cruise line as we embark on 11 new ship builds over the next 10 years. I see the UK & Ireland as one of the biggest opportunities globally for MSC and we now have a fantastic sales team in place to be able to educate the Trade about what an amazing brand MSC is.

"We are now just 100 days from the launch of Meraviglia, the first of 11 smart ships on order and one of two new ship launches in 2017 alone. We are now in full swing for the inaugural season of our first ever full ex-UK season with the beautiful MSC Magnifica. Luke & Claire’s appointments further show MSC’s commitment to our trade partners in helping them understand the brand and ultimately grow their business."


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