American Queen Voyages has named Cynthia D'Aoust president, effective Oct. 3.

D'Aoust takes over for acting president David Giersdorf, who had been appointed to that temporary role in May.  

Cindy D'Aoust
Cindy D'Aoust

Most recently, D'Aoust served as president of hospitality for Cape Resorts Management Company, a portfolio of properties in Cape May, N.J., and The Hamptons on New York's Long Island. D'Aoust was global president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) from 2015 to 2018.

She has nearly 40 years of experience in travel and hospitality. 

"We are thrilled to welcome Cindy to American Queen Voyages as our new president, bringing her exceptional background in successfully leading travel associations and hospitality brands through periods of growth," said Kevin Rabbitt, CEO of Hornblower Group, AQV's parent company. "I am confident that through Cindy's deep knowledge of the industry, expertise in elevating brands coupled with her considerable talent, leadership skills, and respected reputation, she will greatly contribute to the future success of American Queen Voyages."

D'Aoust will be responsible for developing and implementing American Queen Voyages' business strategy, providing guidance to the leadership team to create growth and overseeing innovation efforts, performance and guest satisfaction. 

"American Queen Voyages continues to carry forth the brand's heritage and tradition by celebrating what always remains at its core -- a commitment to excellence and a dedication to creating amazing experiences for our guests," D'Aoust said. "I am thrilled to be leading the team during this great growth period for American Queen Voyages as the company continues to elevate the brand even further in the forthcoming years."

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