CLIA Appoints Kelly Craighead As New President And CEO
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its Global Executive Committee has appointed Kelly Craighead as President and Chief Executive Officer effective 1JAN, 2019. Craighead will be taking over the role currently held by Cindy D'Aoust, who in JUL 2018 announced her intent to leave the position by year's end.
Craighead has spent over 15 years in the public and private sectors, recently serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism in the U.S. Department of Commerce where she advanced travel and tourism priorities within the Administration and with Congress. As the first Executive Director of the National Travel & Tourism Office, Craighead led initiatives that generated over $250 billion annually from international visitors to the U.S.; she remains active in global tourism efforts and is engaged with several international organizations focused on advancing travel and tourism priorities.
"I am extremely pleased that Kelly will be joining CLIA to support the global cruise industry during this golden age of cruising. Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none. This is an exciting time for our industry, steeped in opportunity and I look forward to working with Kelly in the years to come," said Arnold Donald, Global CLIA Chairman and President & CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC.
In this role, Craighead will direct CLIA's global team to continue to promote the common interests of the organization's members and the global cruise industry.
"Demand for cruising is exhibiting strong growth, making the cruise industry a critical partner to localities, regions and nations around the world," said Craighead. "I am excited to be joining such a strong and well-respected organization at an important time for the industry. I look forward to listening, learning, and better understanding the needs of our members and building on the strong foundation and success of the current team, in order to most effectively lead CLIA in the years ahead."