Hansjörg Kunze will take over as Vice President Communication and Sustainability at Costa Crociere S.p.A for the brands of Costa Crociere, AIDA and Iberocruceros.
He will replace Mina Piccinini, who has decided to leave the company for personal reasons, according to a statement from Costa. Kunze has nine years of experience in the cruise business, and is joining Costa from AIDA, where he was vice president of communication and public relations. He will report directly to Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Crociere S.p.A.
Kunze is a former German track and field athlete. He represented East Germany as a long distance runner. His biggest success was the bronze medal in the 5,000 meter run at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
Costa Crociere S.p.A. trading as Costa Cruises, is a British-American owned Italian cruise line, based in Genoa, Italy, and under control of the Carnival Corporation & plc.