Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Names Christian Savelli Vice President, Research and Business Analytics

Jun 29, 2015

(WASHINGTON, DC, June 29, 2015) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Christian Savelli will join the organization as Vice President, Research and Business Analytics. Effective today, Savelli will lead CLIA’s research initiatives while supporting and keeping in alignment with CLIA’s objectives and mission of acting as the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. 

A seasoned professional with decades of experience in research and intelligence, Savelli joins CLIA from Meeting Professionals International (MPI) where he served as Senior Director of Business Intelligence and Research. He has a rich background in developing business intelligence, conducting analysis and research, and synthesizing input from multiple sources to deliver executive recommendations. Prior to MPI, Savelli was the Director of Business Intelligence at Maxvantage and Maritz Travel. Additionally, he has ten years of experience in the hotel industry and holds an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC-Chapel Hill.

“We are excited to announce that Christian Savelli is joining our team at CLIA as Vice President of Research and Business Analytics,” said Cindy D’Aoust, Executive Vice President Membership and Operations. “Christian has an ideal blend of market research and business analysis expertise to help CLIA elevate its capabilities as the center of intelligence for the cruise industry. He will be a strong asset to our executive team.”

As Vice President of Research and Business Analytics, Christian Savelli will be responsible for leading CLIA’s internal research department and overseeing business case development. He will also facilitate annual research planning and prioritization process, manage the CLIA Research Committee, advise stakeholders on research thinking and priorities, and assist the association with business modeling. Savelli will be based in CLIA global headquarters in Washington D.C.

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About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment for the more than 22 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as to promote the value, desirability and affordability of the cruise vacation 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, committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org or www.cruiseforward.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association's on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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