U.S. Travel Association today announced the nomination of Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive officer of Hilton, as the association's next national chair. The appointment will become effective in February 2023, following the conclusion of Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy's term as chair.
"In the spirit of transparency, we are sharing this announcement early in the process as we prepare for the change in CEO leadership at U.S. Travel in coming months, which will also ensure stability in our board leadership," said Duffy. "I wish to thank Chris for agreeing to his nomination as incoming national chair well in advance and for the expertise I know he will provide to our executive committee, board and staff, especially as a new top executive leads the organization forward."
Nassetta previously chaired U.S. Travel's CEO Roundtable and is a member of the association's Hall of Leaders. Per the governing bylaws of the association, the membership of U.S. Travel will affirm Nassetta's position as national chair, along with the association's slate of 2023 board officers, at an annual meeting to be held in February 2023.
A Sendoff for Roger Dow
As reported by Northstar, U.S. Travel's president and CEO, Roger Dow, will step down from the organization in July. "Roger has always possessed a unique ability to see the big picture," said Duffy during the association's 2022 State of the Industry Address in February. "He focuses on big ideas that take us to a better place in the future. That vision has led to a more cohesive travel industry, one that is dynamic and adaptive enough to handle the worst crises that we've seen in our lifetimes... Because of Roger, we know the travel industry is better equipped to handle the challenges it will face and the many, many opportunities that lie ahead for all of us."
"I truly didn't expect this to be my going away party," said Dow as he took the stage at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He credited U.S. Travel's team and members for their competence and dedication. "We're in a better position than we've ever been as an industry to work towards our future. We've never been more united as an industry."