CLIA Names Thomas Ostebo President & CEO

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Thomas P. Ostebo

Cruise Lines International Association will hand the helm to Thomas P. Ostebo as President & Chief Executive Officer, effective 06JUL.

CLIA says Ostebo brings more than 30 years of experience leading large organizations. He joins CLIA from the United States Coast Guard where he served as Rear Admiral. Most recently, he was Director of Strategic Management where he supported strategy and budget policy for the Coast Guard.

“After a thorough search process, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new President & CEO, Thomas Ostebo," said Global CLIA Chairman, Adam M. Goldstein. “Tom brings years of outstanding maritime and strategic business leadership experience to this important position that leads the cruise industry's global association. We are confident CLIA will thrive under his direction for years to come. More importantly, Tom's strong communication skills and energy made him the ideal person for this role."

CLIA says Ostebo will lead their work to help members “succeed and unify, represent, advocate and promote the common interests of the global cruise industry." Among his priorities, “He will continue to enhance the Travel Agency, Individual Travel Agent and Executive Partner member programs that were introduced in fall 2014, as well as the new Travel Agent professional development training."

Ostebo will be located at CLIA headquarters in Washington D.C., and work with CLIA's 15 offices across the globe.

“I am incredibly humbled, honoured and excited to join an industry with such a rich history of success and growth. This appointment is a perfect next step in my career as it allows me to leverage my experiences and passions, from leading large complex teams to advocating for marine resources," said Ostebo. “CLIA currently has a strong foundation and outstanding senior leadership, so I look forward to building upon this and providing new strategies and approaches to move CLIA and the cruise industry forward."

The appointment follows the departure of Christine Duffy, former CLIA President & CEO to Carnival Cruise Lines several months ago.

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