Giles HawkeMSC Cruises has confirmed that former UK & Ireland Managing Director Giulio Libutti has left the company by mutual agreement.

After five years of committed leadership, the company would like to thank Mr Libutti for his hard work and wish him every success in future endeavours.

The company also confirms that Giles Hawke has been appointed as the new UK & Ireland Managing Director and will take up this position on November 13 2013.

Giles Hawke spent nine years at Crystal Holidays and a year at Highlife Breaks before joining Carnival UK. He was at Carnival UK for nearly eleven years, the last six of which were spent in the role of sales and customer service director.

“We are confident that Mr Hawke will be an excellent addition to MSC Cruises UK & Ireland and look forward to welcoming him onboard,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, CEO of MSC Cruises.

In the interim, MSC Cruises’ strong management team and its highly qualified and committed employees will continue to develop the MSC Cruises brand in the UK, overseen by MSC Cruises Corporate Executive Neil Palomba.