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 Executive Committee
CLIA Global Chair - Adam M Goldstein
Adam Goldstein serves as the Global Chair of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a position he previously held in 2015 and 2016. His current term began in 2019 and continues through 2020
Mr. Goldstein is an industry expert, having spent the majority of his career in leadership roles with Royal Caribbean International Ltd. (RCL). He joined RCL in as Vice President & Corporate Secretary. He later led the organization’s market development and then international sales and marketing. From 2007 to 2014, he led the organization as President & CEO of RCL, during which time he oversaw the organization’s development and introduction of the Oasis and Quantum classes. In 2014, Mr. Goldstein was named President and COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., overseeing human resources, information technology, supply chain, corporate communications, safety and environment, government relations, guest port operations and commercial development. In 2018, Mr. Goldstein was appointed Vice Chairman of RCL, during which time he oversaw global government relations and destination development efforts. He retired from his position as Vice Chair of RCL on March 2, 2020.
Throughout his career, Mr. Goldstein has remained an active member of the travel and tourism industry. He served as Chair of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). In 2001, he served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders, as well as the International Maritime Hall of Fame. He serves on the Board of Trustees of INSEAD, and on the Energy Security Leadership Council, a leadership affiliate of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) in Washington DC.
Mr. Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University. He also has a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD.
Arison, 67, followed his education with a two-year stint in Carnival Cruise Lines sales department. He became reservations manager in 1974, and took over the post of vice president of passenger traffic in 1976, succeeding to the presidency of Carnival in 1979. In 1990, he was appointed chairman by the company's board of directors. In 2013, the role of Carnival Corporation & plc chairman and CEO was split with Arison continuing to serve as chairman and longtime Carnival board member Arnold Donald named CEO.
Carnival went public in 1987, raising $400 million for future expansion. The company continued its growth through the traditional avenue of new ship construction and also began to diversify expanding the company's cruise operations by entering new market segments of the industry.
By early 1989, Arison engineered the acquisition of the venerable Holland America Line, giving Carnival entrée to the premium segment of the cruise industry. The purchase also included Westours (now Holland America Princess Alaska Tours), a leading Alaska tour operator.
Today, Carnival Corporation also owns ultra-luxury Cunard, operator of the legendary Queen Mary 2, along with Seabourn, and Genoa, Italy-based Costa Cruises, Europe’s leading cruise operator.
In April 2003, Arison spearheaded the dual listed company transaction combining Carnival Corporation’s various cruise operators with the wide-ranging brands of P&O Princess Cruises, creating a truly global cruise operator with the leading cruise brands in both North America and Europe.
The P&O Princess Cruises transaction included Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises, AIDA Cruises, and P&O Cruises Australia.
Following the transaction, the company was renamed Carnival Corporation & plc and is traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. It is the only company in the world to be included in both the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
Arison's keen attention to marketing and growth priorities has resulted in revenues increasing from approximately $600 million in 1988 to $16.4 billion in 2016.
Arison is past-chairman of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), a trade organization whose mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on legislation, tourism development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues.
Arison’s contributions to the cruise industry have been recognized by a wide range of international organizations. He has been named an “Officer of the French Legion of Honor” – the country’s highest civilian honor – by French President Jacques Chirac, received a honorary doctorate in naval architecture from the University of Genoa, and was awarded the Decoration of Commander, First Class, of the Order of the Lion of Finland by the President of the Republic of Finland.
He has also been awarded the insignia of “Onorificenza al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the president of Italy, which confers that country's highest title on a civilian.
Arison is also the managing general partner of the National Basketball Association’s Miami Heat franchise and has served as chairman of the league’s board of governors.
Arison and his family are longtime residents of the Miami area.
Frank J. Del Rio
Frank J. Del Rio is the president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., comprised of Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
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 has grown from a fledgling start-up with one 684-passenger ship to a dominant player in the upscale cruise market with 5 ships totaling 4600 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.
Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the largest travel and leisure company in the world. Their portfolio of ten cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises Australia and Fathom are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Together these brands maintain a fleet of over 100 ships and serve more than 11 million guests annually. Carnival Corporation & PLC also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour company in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon with 10 hotels plus rail and bus services connecting guests with the northern interior. Traded on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, Carnival Corporation & PLC is the only group in the world to be included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices.
Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013; prior to that he served on the board for 12 years. He currently serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.
Immediately prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was a founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the largest charitable funder of diabetes research in the world.
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 a strong commitment to higher education and serves on the boards of two of his alma maters, Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, in Missouri. He is also on the boards of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis based BJC Healthcare among others.
Richard D. Fain
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.
Mr. Robertson is a private investor in maritime, financial institutions, oil & gas, and real estate. He is the Chairman and CEO of American Cruise Lines, Pearl Seas Cruises, and Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. and its various affiliated companies since 1975. He is active in his executive role at each company and provides leadership to senior management. Mr. Robertson holds a USCG Master and Unlimited First Class Pilots License. As both ship owner and builder, he has served as an expert witness for the U.S. Coast Guard before the National Transportation Safety Board and as an expert witness before several Congressional Committees relating to U.S. maritime interests. Mr. Robertson has participated on numerous boards and committees advising on various maritime safety and technical issues—including serving as Chairman of the Center for Maritimes Education of Seamen's Church Institute which operates three sophisticated ship simulators. He has been involved in the drafting of legislation and regulation concerning maritime matters for many years.
Mr. Robertson is an avid racing sailor, having won many international and national events over the years. He began his career as an airline pilot and continues today as an active pilot.
Mr. Robertson's firms have designed and built sixteen small cruise ships, in addition to approximately 75 other commercial vessels.
Pierfrancesco Vago is the Executive Chairman of MSC Cruises since 2013. Prior to that, as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, he led MSC Cruises to over 800% growth since its inception.
In his position, Mr Vago leads the company’s ongoing strategy and long-term vision from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He also oversees all of MSC Group’s subsidiaries with strategic relevance to the tourism sector.
Mr Vago has spearheaded the launch of the Company’s unprecedented 10-plus year investment plan, supporting the next phase of MSC Cruises’ growth. The plan encompasses 11 new next-generation mega cruise ships coming into service between 2017 and 2026, reflecting an investment of €9 billion. This will result in MSC Cruises’ passenger capacity tripling in the next 10 years.
Mr Vago entered the MSC Group in 2000, piloting a joint venture between the Italian-based ferry company SNAV and the Hoverspeed Sea container Group. In 2001, he rose to the position of Line Manager for the USA, Mexico and Canada within the Group’s container shipping business, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.
In January 2014 Mr Vago became Chairman of CLIA Europe, the European branch of the cruise industry’s global association, a position that he held until December 2016. During this time Mr Vago led CLIA Europe to take an increasingly more central role in engaging with all the relevant European and national authorities and legislative bodies across the Continent, with a particular focus on Brussels, and in close cooperation with CLIA Global.
Today, MSC Cruises is the world’s largest privately-owned cruise company and the fourth largest overall. It is also the brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, employing over 16,000 staff and with offices in 45 countries.
Mr Vago is married, with two children.