Ensemble Travel Group’s Board of Directors has named David Harris to the newly created role of CEO. Ensemble Co-Presidents Lindsay Pearlman and Libbie Rice will continue in their roles, reporting to Harris. He will be based in Toronto, and will travel to the organization’s New York City offices on a regular basis.
Harris has served as chair and vice chair of the organization’s North American Board for four years, and he has also previously been on the Canadian Advisory Board from 2008 – 2013, Ensemble said. He has also led and participated as an active director on numerous committees of the board, including finance, Australia, executive, acquisitions and compensation and review. He was first elected to the Canadian Advisory Board for Ensemble in 2008 and was then nominated and elected as a director to the North American Board for Ensemble in 2013.
Ensemble says that Harris has worked in the travel industry for his entire professional career. His parents opened a travel agency franchise in August 1982 and, upon their retirement on 1995, he purchased the agency and has steadily grown the business ever since. He has also served as the president and sole owner of M. Ross Harris Travel Limited, which operates three consumer-facing travel brands: Orion Travelinx, Voyageur Travel and Charrisma Travel Group.
At the same time as it announced the new CEO role, Ensemble also reported a record year to its travel advisor member shareholders.