Cruise Lines International Association Announces Change to Leadership Team

Jun 02, 2017

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced today that Bud Darr, senior vice president, technical and regulatory affairs, will be leaving CLIA to assume a new role with MSC Group as Executive Vice President, Maritime Policy and Government Affairs.

“Bud has been with CLIA for over six years and has been instrumental in helping build a solid foundation of knowledge, support and respect for the cruise industry in the areas of technical and regulatory affairs,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Together, with CLIA, I thank Bud for his significant contributions to our industry and in congratulating him on this new role.”

Until his departure, Darr will be actively involved in ensuring an effective transition at CLIA. In his new role, he will hold global responsibilities for the Group’s different business interests, including the cargo, container terminal, and cruise divisions. Establishing and developing a central Government Affairs function at the Group’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will be among his key priorities.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA's mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as to promote the value, desirability and affordability of the cruise vacation experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services, committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.


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