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December 17, 2014

CLIA's Christine Duffy to Helm Carnival Cruise Line

christine duffyCarnival Corporation & plc. has announced that Christine Duffy has been appointed president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and coalition member of the Meetings Mean Business campaign, will assume the role on February 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Duffy has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia at McGettigan Partners. As CEO of CLIA, she led many advancements, including the globalization of cruise industry associations around the world to create a unified voice promoting cruising to key stakeholders from policy makers to consumers through CLIA's more than 13,000 travel agency members representing over 50,000 travel agents.

In this role, Duffy successfully engaged member cruise lines and industry stakeholders to support CLIA's expansion into new and emerging markets around the world. Before assuming her role with CLIA, she served as president and CEO of Maritz Travel from 2004-2010.

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Duffy serves on various travel industry boards, including U.S. Travel Association (USTA), the advisory board for Starwood Hotels and the Board of Directors for Visit Florida. In 2001, she founded Meeting Professionals International's Women's Leadership Initiative, which delivered research and programs to help women in the industry advance in their careers. She also is a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world's most successful women business leaders that supports, celebrates and advances women's leadership in business and works to ensure that women will continue to take on more significant and visible leadership roles.  

The St. Louis Business Journal recognized her as one of the 25 Most Influential Business Women. Corporate Meetings and Incentives chose her as one of the "Top 10 Women Leaders in the Meeting Industry," and Meetings News magazine named her four separate times as one of the "25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry."  

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