Francesco Galli Zugaro’s experience and understanding in international tourism and the global marketplace is what gave him the ability to create Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s first luxury river cruise company, which is now expanding to The Mekong.
In his position as CEO of the company, Mr. Galli Zugaro has supervised the launch of Aqua Expeditions’ first two luxury vessels in the Peruvian Amazon, the M/V Aqua in 2008 and the M/V Aria in 2011.
He is currently overseeing the construction of the company’s newest vessel, the M/V Aqua Mekong, which will debut in 2014 and will cruise from Siem Riep in Cambodia down river into Vietnam.
Prior to establishing Aqua Expeditions, Mr. Galli Zugaro served as the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Ocean Adventures, a well respected cruise line in the Galapagos Islands.
He was responsible for implementing cohesive sales and marketing strategies, increasing brand awareness and equity, and developing business models.
In doing so he was successful in increasing the company’s net sales as well as increasing occupancy levels by 26% in two years.
In 2006 Mr. Galli Zugaro co-founded Lonesome George & Co., a branded apparel line located in the Galapagos Islands using inspiration from the last Pinta Tortoise, named Lonesome George.
Ten per cent of every purchase made from Lonesome George & Co. is directly deposited into youth educational programs that teach about the severity of extinction around the world.
Today the brand has stores in Ecuador, Aspen and Berlin and sells world-wide online.
Mr. Galli Zugaro was educated in the United States. He received his B.A. in Communications from Boston College and an International Baccalaureate Degree from Notre Dame International in Rome.
He lives in Singapore with his wife and three children.