William M. Thomas Senior Associate Counsel, and Lead – Privacy Oversight and Privacy Working Groups
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

William Thomas is Senior Associate Counsel at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., a global cruise line based in Miami, Florida. Royal Caribbean that owns several cruise brands including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. Royal Caribbean employs about 66,000 persons, with 60,000 of those working on our vessels. Roughly 45% of our passenger ticket sales are to guests from countries outside of the United States. Royal Caribbean maintains offices in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Mexico.
Mr. Thomas leads the Privacy Oversight and Privacy Working Groups within Royal Caribbean working closely with the Chief Information Security Officer and other relevant stakeholders. His team provides counsel to the sales, entertainment, onboard revenue, and casino departments and counsel on antitrust matters.
Mr. Thomas joined Royal Caribbean in 1999. Prior to Royal Caribbean, Mr. Thomas was the counsel for AT&T’s Away From Home and Office SBU in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and a litigator, concentrating in antitrust matters, with Hughes Hubbard & Reed in New York City.
Mr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia, and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City.