Last updated: 04:07 PM ET, Mon November 14 2016

CLIA Appoints Carnival's Arnold Donald as New Global Chair

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Patrick Clarke November 14, 2016

CLIA Appoints Carnival's Arnold Donald as New Global Chair

PHOTO: New Cruise Lines International Association Global Chair Arnold Donald. (Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Cruise Lines International Association's (CLIA) Board of Directors has named Carnival Corporation & plc president and CEO Arnold Donald as its new Global Chair, effective January 1, 2017.

Donald will replace Royal Caribbean Cruises president and COO Adam Goldstein, who has held he position since January 2015.

"We are proud to welcome Arnold as our new Chair. Under his leadership, we will continue to support the interests and vision for the cruise industry," CLIA president and CEO Cindy D’Aoust said in a statement. 

"The cruise industry continues to grow and evolve at a record pace, making CLIA's role more important than ever to act as a singular voice and advocate on behalf of the entire global cruise community," said Donald in a statement of his own. "I'm honored to take on this role, and look forward to building on the great work CLIA is doing."

As the head of Carnival Corporation & plc, Donald oversees the world's largest travel leisure company and one that boasts more than 100 cruise ships across 10 different brands. That said he appears well-equipped to lead CLIA moving forward. 

"The cruise industry is fortunate to have many capable people leading the industry, and CLIA brings them together to advance all our interests, from cruise lines and Executive Partners to travel agents and agencies," said Goldstein in a statement accompanying Monday's announcement. 

"Under Arnold's leadership, CLIA will continue to offer a unified voice to help all of our members seize every possible opportunity to succeed," added Goldstein, who called his time as global chair a "privilege."

Beginning Jan. 1, Goldstein will assume the role of Chairman of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.