Last updated: 11:49 AM ET, Wed August 12 2015

New CLIA President Thomas Ostebo Departs

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) | Theresa Norton | August 12, 2015

New CLIA President Thomas Ostebo Departs

Just five weeks after taking the top position at Cruise Lines International Association, Thomas P. Ostebo has left the organization, due to personal reasons.

The U.S. Coast Guard veteran started as CLIA president and CEO on July 6, and is being replaced in the interim by Cindy D’Aoust, executive vice president of membership and operations

“CLIA’s current leadership team is doing an outstanding job supporting our membership and driving the vision of the organization globally, even during this time of transition,” said Global CLIA Chairman Adam M. Goldstein, president and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “While it is unfortunate that Tom is departing CLIA, his desire to put his family first is a testament to his character, and we wish him the best in all his future endeavors.”

CLIA announced Ostebo’s hiring in late May. He was to replace Christine Duffy, who left CLIA to become president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Line.

In his 38 years with the Coast Guard, Ostebo achieved the rank of rear admiral and served as director of strategic management, supporting strategy and budget policy. Ostebo also served as commander for the Coast Guard 17th District and led operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North Pacific.


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