President and CEO,
Tom McAlpin has had an exciting 30-year career in the cruise industry. As President and CEO of Virgin Voyages, he leads a world-class team in all elements of ship design, sailor experience, construction, crew safety, operations and service delivery. Tom has established a bold purpose for Virgin Voyages, to deliver an 'epic sea change.' He has made it his mission to ensure the ships offer sailors and crew from around the globe the chance to immerse themselves in a very Virgin kind of experience.
Prior to joining Virgin Voyages in January 2015, Tom was President and CEO for The World, Residences at Sea for five years. The World is the largest private residential ship in the world. Before that he was part of the Disney Cruise Line founding management team as Vice President of Finance, Business Development and Shore-side Travel Operations. He spent the final five years of his time with Disney Cruise Line as its President. Before that, he was Director of Corporate Planning and Analysis at Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and a Chief Financial Officer for CSB Leasing Group in 1984. He began his career with KPMG as a Senior Auditor.
Tom has a bachelor's degree from FSU and an MBA from the University of Miami. He created the curriculum for a course in cruise ship management at the Rosen School of Hospitality and is a former member of the school's advisory council. He is a member of the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees and a former member of the College's Board of Governors. He was also on the Make-A-Wish Foundation's National Board, for 6 years, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, serving as its chair in 2012.