Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015.
Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015, former CLIA president and CEO, Ostebo will oversee CLIA domestic and international operations, working directly with CLIA’s senior leadership team.
Ostebo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new role, joining CLIA from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he served as Rear Admiral. Ostebo was most recently Director of Strategic Management, and also served as Commander for the Coast Guard 17th District and led all Coast Guard Operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North.
Tasked to lead CLIA’s work to help members succeed and unify, represent, advocate and promote the common interests of the global cruise industry, Ostebo will continue to enhance the Travel Agency, Individual Travel Agent and Executive Partner member programs that were introduced in fall 2014, as well as the new Travel Agent professional development training, CLIA noted.
Ostebo will be located at CLIA global headquarters in Washington D.C., and will work with the orgainzation’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.