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Cruise Lines International Association names new captain

Craighead will be fourth CEO to lead group since 2015, bringing high-level government experience as an advocate for U.S. tourism 

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Nov. 30, 2018
By Walt Williams

Cruise Lines International Association has tapped the nation’s former top tourism promotion official as its next CEO.

Kelly Craighead will join the $26 million-revenue cruise lines industry association in January, the group announced Nov. 28. She succeeds Cindy D’Aoust, who announced in July she was leaving to focus on family priorities.

“Her extensive experience in the hospitality and travel industries, combined with her leadership skills and passion for results, are second to none,” CLIA Global Chairman Arnold Donald said in a statement about Craighead’s hiring.