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CLIA Names Coast Guard Veteran President and CEO

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) | Theresa Norton | May 20, 2015

CLIA Names Coast Guard Veteran President and CEO

PHOTO: Thomas P. Ostebo served more than 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. (Department of Defense file photo)

Cruise Lines International Association appointed Thomas P. Ostebo as its new president and CEO, effective July 6. He replaces Christine Duffy, who left CLIA on Jan. 31 to become president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Line.

The appointment appears to solidify the organization’s shift from its roots as a primarily marketing organization working mainly with travel agents to one more focused on lobbying, federal regulations, and safety and security issues. Still, the news release announcing his appointment said his priorities will include continuing to “enhance the travel agency, individual travel agent and executive partner member programs.”

Ostebo was selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee to oversee CLIA operations domestically and internationally to execute the organization’s vision on behalf of CLIA members.

Ostebo joins CLIA after more than 30 years with the U.S. Coast Guard where he served as rear admiral. Most 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 operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North Pacific.

“Tom brings years of outstanding maritime and strategic business leadership experience to this important position that leads the cruise industry’s global association,” said Global CLIA Chairman Adam M. Goldstein. “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 be based at CLIA global headquarters in Washington D.C., and work with CLIA’s 15 offices across the globe.


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