J.D. O’Hara – who had recently been serving as president of Tzell Travel Group – was recently promoted to partner at Certares.
While O’Hara’s promotion marks his departure from Tzell, he will continue exploring multiple avenues for the company’s growth, along with that for its parent company Travel Leaders Group, Tzell said.
“J.D. contributed tremendously to Tzell over the last year and half through some very noteworthy accomplishments including a number of key strategic initiatives that we will carry well into the future, some much-needed organizational realignment both internally and throughout our branch network, and, not the least of his feats, an astounding 20 percent year-over-year growth,” said CEO Barry Liben. “These achievements have made Tzell stronger and will help us deliver more for our agents and clients. To ensure that Tzell doesn’t skip a beat, I’m thrilled to devote much more of my time to this exceptional business and its agents.”
“Working directly with the Tzell management team since the beginning of 2014 – as well as my previous six years with Travel Leaders Group – has prepared me well for this role to invest capital on behalf of Certares in Travel Leaders and its other portfolio companies,” O’Hara said. “I look forward to my enhanced role in expanding Travel Leaders Group and its key operating companies, such as Tzell, even further.”