In his new role, he will play a key part in strategically implementing CLIA programmes across Europe.
Boardley is a seasoned professional in the global shipping and port industries, and most recently held the position of executive vice president, corporate and external affairs, Lloyd’s Register.
Here, he was responsible for driving Lloyd’s Register’s market influence across all of its business activities, including marine and offshore, energy, inspection services and management systems, plus the development of a new external affairs function.
Boardley began his career with OCL as a graduate trainee in 1978 and was with OCL, P&OCL, P&O Containers, and latterly P&O Nedlloyd and P&O Ports, for 26 years.
“Tom’s extensive industry body experience makes him a welcome addition to our leadership team,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA president and chief executive.
“These are dynamic times for the European cruise market and I look forward to working with Tom to ensure the future continued success of the cruise market throughout Europe.”
Boardley’s pro-bono positions include chairman of the board of trustees of the Mission to Seafarers, a charity devoted to seafarers’ welfare, and visiting professor at Strathclyde University.
Cruise Lines International Association 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 26 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience.