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CLIA appoints Ostebo to lead organisation

CLIA appoints Ostebo to lead organisation

Cruise Lines International Association has announced Thomas Ostebo will join the organisation as president and chief executive officer, effective July 6th.

Selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, 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, 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, Ostebo was director of strategic management where he supported strategy and budget policy for the coast guard.


Ostebo 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, Thomas Ostebo,” said global CLIA chairman, Adam 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.”
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.

The appointment follows the departure of Christine Duffy, former CLIA president on January 31st, 2015.