CLIA announces enhanced sustainability focus with appointment of sustainability expert

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading voice for the global cruise industry, announced that it would be strengthening its sustainability credentials in Europe with the appointment of Sascha Gill as Vice President, Sustainability.

Sascha has previously worked as Vice President, Nautical Operations and has had several roles within hotel operations, and learning and development, for Viking. Before working in the cruise sector, Sascha held the position of Senior Consultant Brand Protection for Richey International with responsibility for Asia and the US. Previously, Sascha worked for leading hotel brands, namely Marriott, Intercontinental and Hilton. Sascha’s cruise experience also includes roles onboard Seabourn Cruise Line and Cunard.

Sascha holds a Doctorate in Business from Nottingham Trent University, an MBA from Oxford Brookes University and is currently studying Environmental Policy Making and International Negotiations.

“Europe is a global leader with its sustainability ambitions and the future of cruising has sustainability at its core”, said Marie-Caroline Laurent, Director General, Europe, CLIA. “Further strengthening our expertise and capability in Europe will enhance our ability to support our members as they navigate the pathways to achieve our vision of net zero carbon cruising by 2050.”

In his new role, Gill will lead CLIA’s sustainability efforts in Europe. “I am delighted to be joining CLIA at such a critical time for the industry,” said Gill. “The cruise industry has shown its ability to lead environmental innovation within the maritime sector and I’m looking forward to working closely with our members and partners across Europe to help the industry to achieve its sustainability ambitions.”