J.D. O’Hara

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J.D. O’Hara
President | Travel Leaders Group

J.D. O’Hara serves as President of Travel Leaders Group, one of the largest and fastest-growing travel services companies in North America and the United Kingdom.

Mr. O’Hara oversees the company’s operating divisions, as well as mergers and acquisition activities. His focus is on partnering with the business division leaders to address specific needs of the individual brands, while continuing to enhance the travel advisor and agency value proposition.

Prior to joining Travel Leaders Group in 2018, O’Hara was Senior Partner at Certares Management, LLC.  He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Travel Leaders Group.

Mr. O’Hara was part of the original management buyout of Carlson Leisure Group from Carlson Companies in January 2008 that eventually led to the formation of Travel Leaders Group and has served a key role in Travel Leaders Group’s ongoing growth since the company’s inception. In his various operating roles within Travel Leaders Group and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors, O’Hara has had direct oversight for Travel Leaders Group’s vast investment activity, including the acquisitions of Tzell Travel Group, Nexion Travel Group, Vacation.com, Protravel International and Andrew Harper Travel, as well as Travel Leaders Group’s recent merger with Altour.  As the company sought to expand beyond its core U.S. footprint, O’Hara led Travel Leaders Group’s international growth with the acquisitions of Mexico-based Corporate Travel Services, and UK-based agencies Colletts Travel and Barrhead Travel.

Prior to joining Travel Leaders Group, Mr. O’Hara served in the investment banking industry at Lehman Brothers in New York. He received a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.