Chief Financial Officer | Travel Leaders Group
Richard Schmaeling is the Chief Financial 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, Greece, 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. Schmaeling is based in New York City and reports directly to Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko.
As a veteran strategic and operational financial executive, Mr. Schmaeling joined Travel Leaders Group in 2016 to lead the team of finance and accounting professionals across the group. During his 30 year career, Mr. Schmaeling has earned a stellar reputation for his detail-oriented discipline, rigor and structure that help to shape the operating skills of finance teams of the size and stature of Travel Leaders Group.
Immediately prior to being named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in 2016, Mr. Schmaeling served as the CFO for MediaMath, a marketing technology and services company. Before MediaMath, he served for six years as the CFO for LIN Media, until it was sold to Media General when he then became a financial consultant for the latter. Prior to that, Mr. Schmaeling served for four years as Vice President of Finance for Dow Jones, ten years as Vice President of Finance for Bracco Diagnostics, and eight years with Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Schmaeling holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.