CLIA Names Tor Christian Sletner Vice President Maritime in Europe(BRUSSELS, 1 June 2018) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced the appointment of Tor Christian Sletner as Vice President, Maritime in Europe. Tor Christian will be based in CLIA's Brussels office and will report to the Secretary General of CLIA Europe. Tor Christian joins CLIA from the Norwegian Shipowners' Association where he was responsible for the Norwegian Shipowners' Association's national and international activities in the field of the environment. He will take up this position on 1 July 2018.
Commenting on his appointment Tor Christian said: "I really look forward to joining CLIA and working with its members to build the reputation of the cruising industry. There are challenges ahead regarding sustainability and some critical public attention, but respect for each other's different needs and opinions, and continuously seeking common ground in difficult issues, are the only way ahead. The cruising industry has an enormous potential to help local communities and regions flourish for the people, businesses and environment. I look forward to contributing to this and making it happen."
Following the appointment Andreas Chrysostomou, Secretary general of CLIA Europe commented: "We are really excited that Tor Christian has accepted to join the CLIA team. He brings a wealth on expertise with him from a variety of organisations and we hope he will drive our Maritime Policy programme and show the commitments the cruise industry is making to protect and respect the environment we operate in.
1. Tor Christian Sletner – has worked at the Norwegian Shipowners' Association since 2010. Following 15 years of service in the Armed Forces, he began his civil career in 1994 at Vestfold University College. In 2003 he became Deputy Director of the Coastal Administration responsible for Norwegian oil spill preparedness. He has also had shorter commitments in Det Norske Veritas and the WWF environmental organization.
He has his primary education from the Navy; at the Coastal Artillery School of Appeal, the Naval Academy's Operative Line and the Navy's Staff School. In addition, he holds a degree in Economics from the University of Oslo and an MBA in Strategic Management from the Norwegian Business School.
Tor Christian was permanent representative of the company's NOx fund, in the forum for environmentally friendly shipping and group secretary for the WG5 group. He is a permanent representative of the Norwegian delegation to IMO and is chairman of the European Community Shipowners' Association's Energy Efficiency Group.
2. About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports and destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organisation's mission is to be the unified global organisation that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages (@CLIAGlobal and @CLIAEurope).
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