Cruise Lines International Association announces new President and CEO

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T_Ostebo_headshotCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that Thomas P Ostebo will join CLIA as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective from July 6th.

Selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, Mr Ostebo will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organisation’s vision and work on behalf of CLIA members.

A seasoned senior executive leader, Mr Ostebo has more than 30 years of experience leading large, sophisticated and complex organisations. He joins CLIA from the United States Coast Guard where he served as Rear Admiral. Mostly recently, Mr Ostebo was Director of Strategic Management where he supported strategy and budget policy for the Coast Guard. He also served as Commander for the Coast Guard 17th District and led all Coast Guard Operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North Pacific where he was responsible for protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources and promoting national security.

“After a thorough search process, we are thrilled to announce the appointment of our new President and 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.”

Mr Ostebo will lead CLIA’s work to help all its 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 programmes that were introduced in autumn 2014, as well as the new Travel Agent professional development training.

Mr Ostebo will be located at CLIA global headquarters in Washington DC, and work with CLIA’s 15 offices across the globe, including Abremar-Brasil, Alaska, Australasia, Belgium & Luxembourg, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, North America, North Asia, North West & Canada, Southeast Asia, Spain and UK & Ireland.

“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 Mr 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. Ultimately, my goal is to perform meaningful work and build strong relationships.”

The appointment follows the departure of Christine Duffy, former CLIA President and Chief Executive Officer, on 31st January, 2015.