Silversea Cruises is pleased to welcome back Christian Sauleau, who rejoins the ultra-luxury cruise operator today as executive vice president of fleet operations, overseeing marine, technical, hotel, crewing, entertainment and land programs. He reports to the company's CEO, Amerigo Perasso. Sauleau was the line's senior vice president of operations in the mid-1990s, and was instrumental in developing the award-winning company's exceptional reputation for personalized service and hospitality. He will be based in the Fort Lauderdale office.
"We are very pleased to welcome Christian back," said Perasso. "He is dedicated to the highest standards of quality and service excellence, and will bring more than three decades of experience in the hospitality and cruise industries to our team. His appointment will reinforce our commitment to strengthening our leadership position in the ultra-luxury cruise segment as we continue to grow and expand our fleet."
Sauleau was recently the executive vice president of operations at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, where he played an integral role in the expansion of their fleet, overseeing construction of new vessels. His career also includes several years at Royal Viking Line in both shipboard and shoreside capacities. As vice president of hotel operations at Royal Viking Line, he supervised purchasing, entertainment, shore programs and meet-and-greet services.
A native of France, Sauleau attended hotel management school in Paris. He holds a degree in international business from the University of Miami and was enrolled in their MBA program. He has also guest lectured at Cornell University.
The company also expects to finalize a management agreement shortly with V. Ships for technical management (including newbuild supervision), marine operations and crew management services. It is anticipated that a number of operations employees in Silversea's Monaco office will move to V. Ships as a result of the reorganization.
In conjunction with these organizational changes, Rocco Auteri, senior vice president of fleet operations, and Silvio Rossi, vice president of hotel operations, are leaving Silversea. The company recognizes their important contributions in strengthening the onboard product and helping Silversea continue receiving such important accolades as Travel + Leisure's "World's Best" award for 2008. All at Silversea wish them the very best in their future endeavors.
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.