by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 18, 2015
Cruise Lines Association International’s newly appointed president and CEO, Thomas Ostebo, is stepping down from the post immediately for personal reasons, according to M&C’s sister publication Travel Weekly. Ostebo, a former admiral in the U.S. Coast Guard, started the job in July. He was named president and CEO several months after CLIA’s former president and CEO Christine Duffy resigned to become president of Carnival Cruise Line. "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 Chairman Adam Goldstein said in a statement. Cindy D'Aoust, executive vice president of membership and operations, will assume the role of acting CEO and oversee the management of global operations and the CLIA leadership teams until CLIA appoints a permanent CEO.