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by Matt Alderton | August 13, 2015
Thomas Ostebo, who recently joined Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as its president and CEO, has resigned his position effective immediately, citing personal reasons, CLIA reported yesterday.

Ostebo was appointed head of CLIA in July, following the January departure of former CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy. He will be replaced on an interim basis by CLIA Executive Vice President of Membership and Operations Cindy D'Aoust (pictured), who joined CLIA in December, prior to which she was chief operating officer at Meeting Professionals International (MPI) from 2012 until 2014.

"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."