CLIA Global Executive Committee

The CLIA Global Executive Committee includes; the Chairman of the board, four at-large representatives, two Emeritus Directors, CLIA's President and the Chairs of CLIA-Europe and North America. The Executive Committee and the CLIA Board of Directors, are responsible for establishing the overall strategic direction of the association. The Executive Committee provides oversight to ensure CLIA operates within the confines of its by-laws, charter and articles of incorporation as a DC non-profit corporation. Meetings are also attended by CLIA’s Counsel.

CLIA Global Chair

Arnold Donald

President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc.

Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & plc -- the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK). Together, these brands operate over 100 ships, serving nearly 10 million guests annually. Carnival Corporation & plc also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon.

Prior to Carnival, Arnold was President and Chief Executive Office of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies and prior to that, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the largest charitable funder of diabetes research in the world.

Previously, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company, which products include the leading global low-calorie sweetener brands, Equal® and Canderel®. Prior to assuming leadership of Merisant, Mr. Donald was a Corporate Senior Vice-President at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Missouri with worldwide responsibility that included the company's growth, globalization, and technology initiatives. Other roles within Monsanto included President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the $4 billion plus Agricultural sector -- this latter role marked by the successful introduction and commercialization of Monsanto’s first crop protection products resulting from modern plant biotechnology.  He was recognized by the agricultural industry as Agri-Marketer of the Year in 1996.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Donald has an extensive history of involvement in local, national, and international organizations, both professional and civic. In November 1998, Mr. Donald was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the President’s Export Council (PEC) for international trade.  President Bush re-appointed Mr. Donald to the PEC in February 2003.

Mr. Donald currently serves on the boards of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc. Mr. Donald is also on the boards of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and BJC Healthcare, among others.

Arnold and his wife Hazel have two daughters, Radiah and Alicia, and one son Zachary.

Previous CLIA Global Chairman 

Adam M. Goldstein

President & COO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Adam Goldstein was named President & COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. In April 2014.  Before that, he was named President & CEO of Royal Caribbean International in 2007.  Goldstein oversees all aspects of the 22-ship Royal Caribbean International brand, as well as International Sales & Marketing, Land Operations and Government Relations for the company.  Goldstein has served in positions with similar responsibilities since 2002, and has been with the company since 1988.  

Goldstein served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) in 2001 and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders.

Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University.  He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, the European business school in Fontainebleau, France. 

Goldstein and his wife have two children and live in Coral Gables, FL.

Goldstein enjoys table tennis and participates in large races.

GEC Members (in alphabetical order)

Kerry AnastassiadisKerry Anastassiadis

CEO, Celestyal Cruises

Kyriakos (Kerry) Anastassiadis is the CEO of Celestyal Cruises. Prior to joining Celestyal Cruises, Kerry distinguished himself as General Manager, CEO and President at renowned corporations such as The Coca-Cola Company, Procter & Gamble, Polaroid and Aujan Industries. With Greek and English being his mother tongues, Mr. Anastassiadis is also fluent in French, Italian and Portuguese. Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and raised in Southern Africa, Kerry studied Commerce at the University of Witwatersrand and obtained a postgraduate title in Market Research and Advertising.

Micky Arison

Chairman, Carnival Corporation

Micky Arison grew up in the cruise business and spent the better part of two decades learning it from the ground up before being appointed chairman in 1990.

Mr. Arison began in the sales department at Carnival Cruise Lines and worked his way up becoming reservations manager in 1974. He became vice president of passenger traffic in 1976, and just three years later, Mr. Arison was named president.

In 1987, Carnival went public, raising $400 million for future expansion, and by early 1989, Mr. Arison engineered the acquisition of the venerable Holland America Line. The purchase also included Windstar Cruises and Westours (now Holland America Princess Tours), a leading Alaska tour operator, giving Carnival entrée to the premium segment of the cruise industry.

Over the next several years, Carnival Corporation acquired brands in various other markets including ultra-luxury Cunard Line and Seabourn Cruise Line, as well as contemporary European operator Costa Cruises, the region’s number one cruise line.

In April 2003, Mr. Arison spearheaded the transaction combining Carnival Corporation’s six cruise operators with the brands of P&O Princess Cruises, creating a truly global cruise operator with the leading cruise brands in both North America and Europe.

Mr. Arison’s contributions to the cruise industry have been recognized worldwide. Some of his honors include being named “Officer of the French Legion of Honor” – the country’s highest civilian honor – by then French President Jacques Chirac, as well as receiving the insignia of “Onorificenza al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the president of Italy, which confers that country's highest title on a civilian.

Mr. Arison has been chairman of the board of directors since 1990 and a director since 1987. He became a director and chairman of the board of directors of Carnival plc in April 2003. He was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation from 1979 to July 2013 and was Chief Executive Officer of Carnival plc from 2003 to July 2013.

Frank J. Del Rio

President and CEO, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: NCLH), comprised of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. These brands operate a combined 21 ships with approximately 40,000 lower berths visiting more than 430 destinations worldwide. 

Del Rio was previously chairman and CEO for Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc., the parent company operating both Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.   Del Rio founded Oceania Cruises in 2002, and in doing so, created a new “upper premium” segment of the cruise industry.  Under his leadership, the line grew from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with five ships totaling 4,600 berths, including the addition of two highly acclaimed 1,250-passenger sister ships, Marina and Riviera.

With Del Rio at the helm, Oceania Cruises quickly became widely recognized for offering the finest cuisine at sea, outstanding personalized service and award-winning itineraries all at an extraordinary value.  Under Del Rio’s direction, Prestige Cruise Holdings acquired luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2008 from the Carlson Company and quickly completed a turnaround which positioned Regent Seven Seas Cruises as the market leader.

Del Rio earned his bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Florida and is a certified public accountant. He and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren and live in Coral Gables, Florida.

Richard D. Fain

Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.

Richard D. Fain is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the global cruise company owning six brands -- Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisières de France and the joint venture TUI Cruises.  Together, these six brands operate 41 ships and carry over 5 million guests annually.

Fain became the cruise line’s Chairman and CEO in 1988. Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, Fain spent 13 years at Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corp., a London-based owner and operator of cargo ships.

Fain serves on the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, board of the Posse Foundation and the Florida Council of 100.

Fain is a former chair of the Miami Business Forum, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the United Way of Miami-Dade and of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), an industry trade association representing nearly 17,000 affiliated travel agencies and the bulk of the world’s cruise lines.

In 2010, Fain was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by Travel Weekly, the national newspaper of the travel industry.  In 2004, Fain received the Ultimate CEO Award from the South Florida Business Journal and accepted the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition Organization. He was inducted into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame in October 2004.

Fain was presented one of France’s most distinguished awards, the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (French Legion of Honor), and was named Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion by Finland.  He received the Anti-Defamation League’s 2000 Distinguished Community Service award, was named the 1999 Statesman of the Year by the Wharton School Club of South Florida, as well as the 1998 Humanitarian of the Year by the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys.

Fain holds a B.S. degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Fain and his wife, Colleen, have four children and four gorgeous grandchildren.

Karl L. Holz

President, Disney Cruise Line and New Vacation Operations, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

As president of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line, Karl L. Holz leads several key growth businesses for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In this role, he oversees Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Adventures by Disney, Disney Institute and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii, creating a magical experience outside the theme parks as Disney expands to new markets and destinations.

At Disney Cruise Line, Karl leads a cast and crew of more than 8,000 and is responsible for the entire operation, which includes the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships. He also oversees Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, and Disney’s Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal.

Karl joined Disney in 1996 as vice president of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. He later served as vice president of Epcot, then senior vice president of Walt Disney World Operations and in 2003 was named president of Disney Cruise Line. In 2004, he moved to Paris as president and chief executive officer of Euro Disney S.A.S. In February 2009, Karl was appointed to his current position of president, New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line, responsible for determining effective operating strategies for new areas that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is exploring based on leisure trends.   

Before joining Disney, Karl served as vice president of theme park operations for Knott’s Berry Farm in Southern California, and previously served as president of Sky Chefs Airport Concession Inc. A native of Germany, Karl earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of New York at Fredonia.

Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio

Chairman, Silversea Cruises Group

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio was born in Rome in 1953. He is the son of Antonio Lefebvre d'Ovidio de Clunieres di Balsorano, a distinguished Italian jurist, university professor and entrepreneur.

From a young age, he worked in the family business and started his own business ventures.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio is active in the cruise industry, in real estate and financial investments.

Since 2001 he is Chairman of Silversea Cruises Group, one of the leading companies in the world of ultra-luxury cruises, which currently owns eight ships.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio is also Chairman of the Heritage Group Ltd., a Lugano-based investment holding company dealing with the management of family assets.

Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio holds following roles:

  • President of the Monaco Chamber of Shipping (CMS), an association based in Monaco dealing with the protection of operators in the maritime industry;
  • Vice President with proxy for Europe of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), a forum that brings together the major operators in the tourism industry.
  • Member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Global and Europe, a forum that brings together the major operators in the cruise industry
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the SKULD, a maritime insurance company based in Oslo.
  • Member of the World Economic Forum in Davos (WEF)
  • Member of the Aspen Institute (an organization promoting the internationalization of Italian entrepreneurial, political and cultural leadership)
  • Member of the Leonardo Committee, a committee with the purpose of promoting Italian companies abroad
  • Member of the Council for the United States and Italy

In 2007 he was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre de Saint Charles and Grimaldi, a title received by His Serene Highness Albert II, Prince of Monaco.

Pierfrancesco Vago

Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises

Chairman, CLIA Europe

Pierfrancesco Vago is the Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises, and leads the company’s on-going expansion from its Geneva headquarters while overseeing all MSC group subsidiaries with strategic relevance to the tourism sector.

Vago entered the MSC Group in 2000, piloting a joint venture between the Italian ferry company SNAV and the Hoverspeed Seacontainer Group. In 2001 he rose to the position of MSC Cargo Line Manager for the USA, Mexico and Canada.

From 2004 he served as CEO of MSC Cruises, driving the company’s unparalleled growth, before becoming Executive Chairman in September 2013.

CLIA General Counsel

Lawrence Kaye

Senior Partner, Kaye Rose & Partners, LLP

Lawrence W. Kaye is counsel to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the Senior Partner of Kaye, Rose & Partners, LLP, a prominent maritime law firm with offices throughout California.  He holds the highest possible peer review rating of “AV” or “preeminent” for professional excellence and ethical standards issued by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading publication of such ratings from members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.  Mr. Kaye has been practicing law since 1979 and was previously a partner with Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, one of the nation’s most prestigious firms, where he chaired the Maritime Department.  He has been responsible for numerous precedent-setting published court decisions spanning his 35-year legal career, has conducted countless trials and appeals for shipping interests, and is frequently assigned to handle or supervise legal matters throughout the United States.

Mr. Kaye individually advises most of CLIA’s Member lines and routinely serves as an industry spokesman.  In 2002 he was a delegate and principal spokesman on behalf of the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) at the diplomatic conference of the International Maritime Organization that resulted in adoption of the new Athens Convention on the Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage by Sea, and was responsible for drafting several key provisions.  In 1995 he authored two federal maritime tort reform measures, in addition to The Cruise Ship Revitalization Act, all of which Congress passed the following year.  He has repeatedly testified before the U.S. Congress and California legislature in connection with proposed revisions to various shipping-related statutes.  For more than a decade after its formation he chaired the 100-member CLIA Executive Partner Program comprised of major shipbuilders, ports, suppliers and other cruise industry service providers worldwide.

Based in San Diego, Mr. Kaye served as Chairman of the Port’s Cruise Industry Advisory Committee from 1990 to 2002, and a member of its Trade Development Committee from 1994 to 2001.  He has sat regularly as a Judge Pro Tem, and has authored several published articles on maritime legal issues, in addition to writing the chapter entitled Governmental Regulation, Volume 10, Cruise Ships, in Benedict on Admiralty, the principal legal treatise of maritime law in the United States.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaye was a judicial law clerk to Honorable Howard B. Turrentine, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.  He has regularly appeared on national television broadcasts as a maritime legal expert, such as The ABC Evening News, ABC’s 20/20, CBS This Morning, Inside Edition, Hard Copy, MSNBC’s Crossfire, The Abrams Report, Fox News Line Up, Rita Cosby, Nancy Grace and Scarborough Country, and has often been quoted in major print media including the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and various regional newspapers.