Dave Zitur is the Chief Operating Officer for Travel Leaders Group, a North American travel company that generates gross travel sales approaching $21 billion and directly employs over 1,000 staff managing operations of more than 7,000 company-owned, franchised and affiliated travel agencies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia. Today, Travel Leaders Group has over 40,000 travel agents working directly for the organization or under one of its brands. Mr. Zitur reports directly to Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, which is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prior to his role at Travel Leaders Group, Mr. Zitur served three years as the Chief Information Officer at Aimia, a marketing company that was formerly known as Carlson Marketing. In addition, Mr. Zitur spent 14 years at Carlson Companies in various positions, including Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Finance for Carlson Leisure Group, Vice President and Program Manager for Carlson Corporate and Vice President for IT Shared services.
Before joining Carlson, Mr. Zitur spent 10 years with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in a variety of management positions, including finance, IT and customer services. He began his business career working for Sears, enjoying a five-year tenure with the company in various sales positions while putting himself through college.
Mr. Zitur is a native of Minnesota and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics from St. Cloud State University.