Changing of the Guard: Christine Duffy to leave Maritz Travel

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Christine Duffy has accepted a position with Cruise Lines International Association beginning February 1. Duffy served most recently as Maritz Travel President and CEO and will be replaced in the interim by Jane Herod – COO of Maritz Travel. Maritz Travel, one of the largest meeting, event and incentive travel management companies in the world is headquartered in Fenton, Missouri.

In accepting her new position, Duffy said: “The cruise industry has a remarkable record of growth and success, and tremendous potential for the future. Without a doubt, this industry’s bold, visionary leaders have created the most exciting, innovative and value-added vacation experiences available to consumers today, whether they are singles, couples, families, multigenerational and social groups, or shipboard meetings and incentives. It is an enormous privilege to lead CLIA in the years to come.” Duffy will be based in CLIA’s Washington DC office and also work from the association’s office in Fort Lauderdale.

As president and CEO of Maritz Travel, Duffy managed more than $700 million in client programs, and was responsible for ensuring the highest level of service quality was delivered to clients, to help them achieve their unique business objectives. In charge of the pharmaceutical/healthcare sector for Maritz she also headed a leadership team in developing a Wellness Solution for Maritz clients focused on integrating and customizing healthcare solutions to offer companies in pharmaceuticals, managed care, and medical device manufactures.

Publishers note:

Christine Duffy spoke at the Missouri Meetings & Events Expo in early 2009 and was clear about how the incentive travel industry was changing, possibly forever. Watch video interview with Duffy (Spring 2009) or read a related article in Missouri Meetings & Events Magazine called Putting Out the Fire of Misconception By Michael Humphrey

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