Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced 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.
In a written release, president and CEO of CLIA, Cindy D'Aoust, said, "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. Together, with CLIA, I thank Bud for his significant contributions to our industry and in congratulating him on his 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.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel 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. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.