“I am very pleased to have Mike McGarry join the CLIA team. Mike’s unique and varied set of experiences and skills made him the unanimous choice to lead CLIA’s public affairs and communications functions,” said Christine Duffy, CLIA President and CEO. “This hire represents an important step toward making CLIA a world-class trade association with a dynamic staff to meet the demanding needs of the rapidly changing and growing global cruise industry.”
McGarry brings to CLIA deep public affairs, communications, public policy and international experience. Prior to R2M Solutions, McGarry held senior level communications and consulting positions with numerous industry-leading brands, including Royal Dutch Shell plc, Visa Inc., Harrah’s Entertainment, MasterCard Incorporated, KPMG and Marsh & McLennan. For Royal Dutch Shell he served in London as head of global external affairs and communications for Shell Chemicals Ltd. and head of RDS group media relations for the U.S. He also led public affairs at AdvaMed (Advanced Medical Technology Association) and was director of public affairs with Visa U.S.A. and a vice president with Fleishman-Hillard Inc.
McGarry began his career on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services as press secretary and then deputy staff director.
McGarry will be based at CLIA’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and will report directly to Duffy. His core responsibilities will include issues management, crisis communications, government affairs, member communications and stakeholder engagement. He will liaise closely with CLIA’s Government Affairs and Public Relations Committees. McGarry officially joined the CLIA team on January 23rd.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA's Associate Member and Executive Partner program includes the industry's leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org . CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association's Facebook  and Twitter  fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO  and cruising.org/ceoblog .