Apr 25, 2012

David Peikin Joins Staff as Director of Public Affairs; Lauren Phillips Named Public Affairs Manager

Fort Lauderdale, FL — April 25, 2012 —

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced the addition of two executives to its public affairs team based in Washington D.C. David Peikin joined the association on April 10 as director of public affairs. Lauren Phillips will take up her responsibilities as manager of public affairs later in the month.

“We are pleased to have David Peikin and Lauren Phillips join the CLIA public affairs team. As the association continues to play a strong leadership role in communicating the growing importance of cruising, the two new hires will support our work of representing the interests of the industry as one of the fastest growing and most successful segments of travel,” said Michael McGarry, CLIA’s senior vice president for public affairs.

In his new position, Peikin will focus on issues management, media relations, and communications involving the technical and regulatory areas of the cruise industry. Prior to joining CLIA, he was senior director for corporate communications with Choice Hotels International, Inc. and before that director of marketing and corporate communications for Visual Networks, Inc., the Maryland based technology firm. He also served as director of corporate communications for Group 1 Software, Inc., also based in Maryland.

Peikin began his career as a public affairs associate with the American Psychological Association in Washington D.C. and then became a senior account executive with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts degree in journalism and public relations management from the University of Maryland.

Before joining the CLIA team, Lauren Phillips was communications director for U.S. Representative Bill Huizenga and, before that, press secretary for U.S. Representative Dave Camp. Her background in journalism includes working at a reporter for several publications, including the Bay City Times and the Midland Daily News, both in Midland, Michigan, as well as the Hartford Courant. She served as an editor and reporter for The State News in East Lansing before moving to the Congressional Quarterly in Washington where she worked as a reporter and researcher. A multimedia communications specialist, Phillips holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Michigan State University.

Press Contacts

Travel Industry & Marketing

Sarah Kennedy – Director, Public Relations
Tel: 703-628-7389 

Industry Policies/Regulatory & Legislative Issues

Catharine Montgomery – Director of Public Affairs
Tel: 202-759-6758