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Thomas P. Ostebo - former rear admiral to helm CLIA after 30 years at USCG

USCG veteran tapped to lead global CLIA as ceo

Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association as president and ceo, effective July 6. Ostebo was selected to succeed Christine Duffy following a months-long search and will oversee CLIA operations both domestically and internationally.

A seasoned senior executive leader, Ostebo brings more than 30 years of experience leading large, sophisticated and complex organizations. He joins CLIA from the US Coast Guard where he served as rear admiral.

Mostly recently, Ostebo was director of strategic management, supporting strategy and budget policy for USCG. Ostebo also served as commander for the Coast Guard 17th District and led all Coast Guard operations in Alaska, the Arctic and North Pacific, 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 and ceo,' global CLIA chairman Adam Goldstein said Wednesday.

'Tom brings years of outstanding maritime and strategic business leadership experience to this important position that leads the cruise industry’s global association,' Goldstein added. '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.'

Among Ostebo's priorities will be enhancing 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.

Ostebo will be located at CLIA global headquarters in Washington, DC, and work with CLIA’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.

'I am incredibly humbled, honored and excited to join an industry with such a rich history of success and growth,' Ostebo said. '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.'

Duffy left CLIA Jan. 31 to become president of Carnival Cruise Line.

CLIA used the services of Heidrick & Struggles to lead the search for its new president and ceo.

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