Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ex-Admiral to Head Cruise Lines Association

By Mark Edward Nero

Thomas P. Ostebo is joining the Cruise Lines International Association as President and Chief Executive Officer effective July 6, the organization said May 20.

His appointment follows the January 2015 departure of former CLIA President and Chief Executive Officer Christine Duffy.

Ostebo, who was selected by CLIA’s Global Executive Committee, is expected to oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally, working directly with his senior leadership team to execute the organization’s vision.

Ostebo has more than 30 years of experience leading large and complex organizations. He joins CLIA from the United States Coast Guard, where he served as a Rear Admiral. Most recently, he was Director of Strategic Management for the USCG, where he supported strategy and budget policy. He also served as Commander for the Coast Guard 17th District.

“Tom brings years of outstanding maritime and strategic business leadership experience to this important position that leads the cruise industry’s global association.” Global CLIA Chairman, Adam Goldstein said.

In his new 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. He’ll be located at CLIA global headquarters in Washington D.C., and work with CLIA’s 15 offices across the globe, including those in Alaska and elsewhere in North America.

“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,” Ostebo said.