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
“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.