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Explora Journeys CEO Michael Ungerer to Leave Company for Personal Reasons

Michael Ungerer is stepping down as CEO of Explora Journeys and leaving the company, due to personal reasons.

Mr Ungerer has been Explora’s CEO for nearly 5 years.

Michael Ungerer

During that time, he played a key role in establishing the MSC Group-owned Explora Journeys into a luxury lifestyle brand and successfully launching its first ship, EXPLORA I.

Explora Journeys

Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman Cruise Division of MSC Group said: “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.”

Michael Ungerer said: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.”

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

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.

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