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Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) President Claudio Bozzo To Receive Award at NIAF Gala


Contact:   Elissa Ruffino (NIAF) 202/939-3106 or

*Santo Versace and One of Italy’s Most Powerful Women Emma Marcegaglia at Gala*

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 4, 2011) Claudio Bozzo, president of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc., will be honored at the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) 36th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. Bozzo will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in International Business on October 29, 2011, at the Washington Hilton. The black-tie event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by dinner and an awards ceremony.

Honorees from Italy joining Bozzo include president of Confindustria Emma Marcegaglia, who is at the top of the Italian industrialists’ power structure and heads Italy’s employers’ association; Paolo Scudieri, CEO of Adler Plastic S.p.A.; and Hon. Santo Versace, president of Gianni Versace S.p.A. and chairman of the Board of Fondazione Operation Smile Italia Onlus.

NIAF will also Hon. Capri Cafaro, minority leader of the Ohio Senate; Dion DiMucci, rock and roll hall of famer; Hon. Frank J. Guarini, former U.S. congressman and NIAF chairman emeritus; and Frank G. Mancuso Sr., former chairman and CEO of the Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio.

In 1994, Bozzo joined the Mediterranean Shipping Company in New York. He worked his way up through the ranks to become president in 2005. Today, MSC (USA) employs more than 1,100 people. It is the largest steamship company in the United States specializing in transporting containerized cargo and is also known as one of the fastest growing cruise companies.

His awards include the Italian Language InterCultural Alliance’s “Man of The Year Award” and winner of “The Bridge” Award by the American University in Rome. Since 2010, he has served both as the president of all of the Italian Chambers in the North American Free Trade Agreement and as the Italian representative at the European American Chamber of Commerce.

Bozzo holds the distinction of Knight of the Italian Republic. This year, he was inducted in the International Maritime Hall of Fame, one of the youngest presidents to receive this honor. He was born and raised in Genoa, Italy.

The NIAF gala is one of the premier annual events in the nation’s capital, attracting more than 3,000 guests from the United States and Italy. Tickets to Saturday’s black-tie gala begin at $400 per person. Proceeds benefit NIAF’s educational programs.

For tickets or sponsor information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-387-0600 or, or register online at

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent.

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