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by Andrea Doyle | December 17, 2014
Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Duffy will assume the role on Feb. 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest travel and leisure company.

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

Before joining CLIA, Duffy was president and CEO of Maritz Travel, the first woman president of the company. She has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry, starting her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia at McGettigan Partners.

As CEO of CLIA, the leading trade association of the cruise industry, Duffy led many advancements, including the globalization of cruise industry associations around the world. This move created a unified voice promoting cruising to key stakeholders, from policymakers to consumers, through CLIA's more than 13,000 travel agency members representing over 50,000 travel agents.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me to be part of a dynamic organization with a long history of innovation and industry firsts," said Duffy. "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 Line one of the top cruise lines in the world."

Duffy serves on various travel industry boards, including the U.S. Travel Association, Starwood Hotels, and 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 is also a member of The Committee of 200, an organization of the world's most successful women business leaders, which supports, celebrates, and advances women's leadership in business, as well as working to ensure that women continue to take on more significant and visible leadership roles.