by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 14, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association has named Cindy D'Aoust as its president and CEO. D'Aoust joined CLIA in 2014 and has served as acting CEO and executive vice president of membership and operations. D'Aoust brings more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and travel industries, including time spent with Meeting Professionals International, Maxvantage and Maritz Travel. 

"CLIA is a strong and well-respected organization with an impressive global team. Now more than ever, it is important for the cruise industry to collaborate and create a stronger global voice," said D'Aoust. "I look forward to building on the organization's current success and delivering on our mission to be the unified global organization that helps our members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting the common interests of the cruise community."

In a statement about the promotion, Adam M. Goldstein, global CLIA chairman and president/COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, said, "Cindy has proven to be an extremely valuable and knowledgeable member of our executive team. Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for the cruise industry, made her the right person to guide our global industry association on an exciting journey forward."