News Release

Costa Group Strengthens External Relations And Sustainability With Rossella Carrara

Genoa, January 22, 2020 – The Costa Group, the leading European cruise company, is strengthening its external relations and sustainability with the arrival of Rossella Carrara, who joined the company on January 14, 2020 as Costa Group Vice President External Relations and Sustainability.

In her new role, Rossella Carrara will supervise communication, sustainability and public affairs activities for the Costa Cruises brand in Europe, reporting directly to the President, Neil Palomba. She will also have the task of coordinating strategic communication for Costa Group with the Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia, Michael Thamm. Considering its importance for the company's reputation and its value in demonstrating Costa’s commitment towards the wider community, the Costa Crociere Foundation will also be part of Rossella Carrara's remit.

Rossella brings our management team a high level of consolidated experience” - says Michael Thamm, Group CEO Costa Group and Carnival Asia. – “As our company continues to grow and lead the cruise industry in Europe and Asia, we want to increase our visibility in the markets where we operate, and communicate the many pioneering initiatives that Costa has undertaken while strengthening our cooperation with all our main stakeholders. I am sure that Rossella will be able to help us achieve these objectives.”

Rossella Carrara has over 20 years of experience as a strategic consultant supporting major multinational companies in various sectors, from shipping to technology, retail to consumer goods, tourism to healthcare. Before joining Costa, Carrara was Deputy Managing Director of APCO Worldwide in Italy, where she was responsible for public affairs, stakeholder engagement, corporate responsibility and communication activities, both nationally and internationally. Before APCO, she was Senior Director of Burson Marsteller, focusing on crisis communication in particular.

During her career, Rossella Carrara has gained a detailed knowledge of Costa and the cruise industry, having worked closely with the company over the past 15 years on various communication and public affairs projects. She has also had the opportunity to work with some Costa's partner companies, such as Fincantieri, San Giorgio del Porto, Chantier Naval de Marseille, and with industry associations such as CLIA and Confitarma.


The Costa Group is the leading cruise company in Europe and China, headquartered in Genoa (Italy). The 29 ships of the brands Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises and Costa Asia together have a total capacity of about 92,000 berths. The fleet will be further strengthened by 4 new vessels by 2023. The company has a global workforce of over 31,500 employees working onboard and in its 22 offices in 17 countries.


For further information:

Costa Cruises Press Office
Tel. +39 010 5483523 / 010 5483068 - 
Gabriele Baroni – Communication Director – cell +39 349 7668013 - 
Davide Barbano – Media Relations Manager – cell +39 334 6525216 - 
Cristiano de Musso – Head of Communication – cell +39 334 6805095