Cruise Lines International Association Names Vice President, Public Relations, Europe

Nov 30, 2016

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Catherine Couplan has joined the organization as Vice President, Public Relations, Europe. Couplan will be responsible for leading public relations and communications efforts across Europe.

Couplan brings extensive experience in association and corporate leadership roles. Most recently, she launched a public relations consultancy service in Brussels, Belgium, where she worked with a wide range of international clients including airlines, hotels, tourism boards, retail brands. Prior to that role, she oversaw European regional communications for United Parcel Services (UPS), and led the global communications department   of Conrad Hotels.

"The experience that Catherine brings with her to this new role is an ideal fit for CLIA," said Raphael Von Heereman, secretary general, CLIA Europe. "Her public relations and communications background, as well as her history in working with global corporations will be instrumental in managing the strategic direction and coordination of European communication functions within CLIA.”

In her new role, Couplan will lead programming and support the development and execution of communications strategies, including public relations, social media and digital programs throughout Europe. She will work in partnership with the CLIA Global Communications team, based in Washington, D.C. to create effective management processes that ensure continuity between offices, departments and outside agencies.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel 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. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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