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Explora Journeys CEO leaving company for "personal reasons"

  • Cruises
  •   03-04-2024  4:56 pm
  •   Pax Global Media

Explora Journeys CEO leaving company for "personal reasons"
Michael Ungerer, CEO of Explora Journeys, is leaving the company. (File photo/Supplied)
Pax Global Media

Explora Journeys announced Monday (March 4) that its CEO, Michael Ungerer, is leaving the company "for personal reasons," according to a news release. 

Ungerer has held the position of CEO for nearly five years. During this time, he played a "key role" in establishing MSC Group's new luxury lifestyle brand, and successfully launching the first ship, EXPLORA I, the release says. 

“It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside Michael as we have brought to life this incredible new brand and built everything from the bottom up. I would like to thank Michael for his efforts and contribution, and we wish him well for the future," said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman cruise division of MSC Group, in a statement.

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Ungerer stated: “Creating a new luxury hospitality brand from scratch in today’s world has been a true, once in a lifetime opportunity, and an incredible journey. It has been a real privilege working with the visionary Pierfrancesco Vago and the entire Aponte family, which I am forever grateful for. Their firm commitment and their long-term generational view as only a family owned and operated company can, made it all possible.”

Ungerer will remain as advisor for the brand through to the end of August 2024 while Vago will assume his responsibilities as CEO for the time being.

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