CLIA's Christine Duffy named Carnival Cruise Lines president

Christine Duffy replaces the retired Gerry Cahill at Carnival.

Carnival Corp. said the new president of its Carnival Cruise Lines brand will be CLIA’s current CEO, Christine Duffy.

Duffy’s appointment takes effect Feb. 1. She succeeds Gerry Cahill, who retired in November.

"Christine is one of the most respected and dynamic leaders in the travel industry," said Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald. "She brings a wealth of experience to Carnival Cruise Lines that will help the cruise line continue to deliver unmatched vacation experiences to millions of guests each year."

Duffy has spent the past four years steering the industry’s trade association on a more global path. CLIA has expanded its franchise to almost every region worldwide. She has also presided over a restructuring of CLIA’s travel agent membership program.

Before going to work for CLIA in 2010, Duffy had been president and CEO of Maritz Travel, a specialist in corporate meeting, incentive and event travel.

In a statement, Duffy said the new job is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic organization with a long history of innovation and industry firsts.

“The name Carnival is truly synonymous with cruising, and I look forward to joining this talented team to continue the tradition of excellence that has made Carnival Cruise Lines one of the top cruise lines in the world,” Duffy stated.   

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