17 Dec 2010: The Executive Committee of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Maritz Travel will become the association’s new president on February first. She replaces Terry Dale, who was CLIA’s president for seven years.

A travel agent prior to becoming a leading chief executive in business, Duffy enjoys industry-wide respect and recognition for her vision, dedication, energy and management skills.

“She has a thorough knowledge of how travel, and cruises, are marketed and sold through the agency distribution system, and a firm grasp of the issues facing the industry” said Howard S. Frank, vice chairman of the board and chief operating officer of Carnival Corporation & plc and chairman of CLIA’s executive committee.

Duffy will be based in CLIA’s Washington DC office and also work from the association’s office in Fort Lauderdale.

She has served on the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Board of Directors for six years, serving as chairwoman in 2005-2006.
Duffy founded MPI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, served as its inaugural chairwoman, and has been a regular speaker for the industry on women’s leadership.

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

Duffy was president and CEO of McGettigan Partners when that company was acquired in November 2001 by Maritz Travel. While there, she grew sales more than 154 percent between 1996 and 2001 through organic growth and acquisition.

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