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January 5, 2004

CLIA gets new president and CEO

The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has named Terry L. Dale as its new president and chief executive officer effective Jan. 12, 2004.

Dale comes to CLIA following an 18-year career in association management and tourism development. He most recently served as executive vice president of NYC & Company, the convention and visitors bureau of New York City.

"Terry brings invaluable experience and a fresh perspective to CLIA's management team," said CLIA Chairman Mark Conroy, who is also president of Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. "His appointment reflects the cruise industry's commitment to CLIA's future and confirms organizational goals to look for new and innovative ways to promote cruising while further strengthening the partnership between our industry and the agent community. We additionally look forward to developing strong partnerships with other travel industry groups."

"I am honored to join CLIA at this crucial period for the industry, which is embarking on a future of continued growth through a lasting partnership between our cruise-line members and the North American agent community," said Dale. "I look forward to working with this talented group to further strengthen CLIA as a dynamic and vital association."

Dale's appointment culminates what's described as "an organizational restructuring and strategic review of CLIA" launched in mid-2002. Bob Sharak, the association's vice president of marketing, took on additional internal management responsibilities to lead CLIA through this process, and will now serve the association as executive vice president, chief marketing officer.

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