Ninan Chacko has resigned as CEO of Travel Leaders Group (TLG), a leadership position he has held since joining the company in 2015. J.D. O'Hara, TLG's president for the past year, will take Chacko's place as chief executive, effective immediately.

J.D. O'Hara
J.D. O'Hara

Chacko came to TLG after a six-year run as CEO of PR Newswire.  In a statement, TLG said he resigned to pursue other opportunities.

Michael Batt, chairman of TLG, thanked Chacko for his service, saying, "He led our company through a period of phenomenal growth and change and raised the profile of our company across the industry."

O'Hara was named president in December 2018. He had previously been a senior partner in Certares Management, the majority owner of TLG and joint owner of American Express Global Business Travel. He was also a part of the original management buyout of Carlson Leisure Group from Carlson Cos. in 2008, which led to the formation of TLG.

Ninan Chacko
Ninan Chacko

"Our focus will be on continuing to excel at what has made Travel Leaders Group great, providing impeccable service to our travelers, the highest quality support and tools to our travel advisors and unsurpassed value to our preferred supplier partners," O'Hara said in a statement.

O'Hara will continue to serve on TLG's board of directors.

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