Veteran Travel Leaders Group executive J. D. O’Hara has been named president of Tzell Travel Group. With annual sales volume of approximately $2 billion largely from corporate, entertainment and luxury travel, Tzell is the largest wholly-owned travel agency unit of the $18 billion Travel Leaders Group.
O’Hara will continue to report directly to Travel Leaders Group CEO Barry Liben. Liben continues in his role as CEO of Tzell Travel Group.
“Not only is O’Hara a strong, proven leader within the broader Travel Leaders Group organization, but over the past six years, he’s had the opportunity to thoroughly understand and appreciate the very unique culture we’ve built within Tzell from the inside,” noted Liben.
“His keen insights and experiences have prepared J. D. to provide effective and competent leadership for our organization for years to come. Of course, I will still be here very much involved with Tzell and J.D. will continue to report to me as I will look to him to provide more support and strength for our clients, our agents and our staff," Liben said.
O’Hara joined Travel Leaders Group at its inception in 2008 to lead its corporate development efforts, with one of his first accomplishments being the acquisition of Tzell. Prior to joining Travel Leaders Group, O’Hara had served in the investment banking industry in New York.
Tzell maintains its headquarters in New York City and has offices in 20 states.