Travel Leaders Group has announced that CEO Barry Liben is stepping aside to focus entirely on Tzell Travel Group as Tzell's president and CEO. Ninan Chacko has been named the new CEO of Travel Leaders Group.
Liben, who had served as Travel Leaders Group CEO since 2008, will maintain his position on the Travel Leaders Board of Directors. AS CEO of Travel Leaders Group and as its new board member, Chacko is returning to the travel industry after six years as CEO of PR Newswire.
Before joining PR Newswire in 2009, Chacko served as chief commercial officer of Worldspan. In that role, he was responsible for sales, marketing, operations, service and support activities for customers and partners in over 60 countries, including Tzell, Travel Leaders Corporate and Travel Leaders Franchise Group. Chacko was also a founding member of the buyout consortium management team that acquired Worldspan from Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and American Airlines, and served as chief commercial officer until its sale to Travelport.
Prior to Worldspan, Chacko spent more than 13 years with Sabre Holdings. As senior vice president, he led the development, launch and operation of Sabre's hotel merchant business in the travel agency channel and the creation and execution of Sabre’s consortia network strategy to influence and monetize travel retailing. During his time with Sabre, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior vice president of marketing and strategy for Sabre Travel Network and senior vice president of global services. Chacko began his career with System One Corporation before joining American Airlines.