Chief Information Officer | Travel Leaders Group
Shoeb Ansari is the Chief Information 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. Ansari is based in Dallas, Texas, and reports directly to Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko.
With more than 25 years of experience in software and technology-oriented industries, Mr. Ansari joined Travel Leaders Group in 2016 to lead its vast information technology (IT) team in aligning the company’s visionary strategies and capabilities with its business objectives. As a proponent of agile methodologies from corporate planning to delivery, Mr. Ansari’s technical expertise lies in many areas, including financial systems, e-commerce, structures and unstructured big data technologies, managed services for infrastructure and information security.
Immediately prior to being named Chief Information Officer in 2016, Mr. Ansari served as Global Chief Information Officer for PR Newswire, beginning in 2011. During his five years at PR Newswire, he was responsible for leading Product Development, MIS, IT, Information Security, Governance and PMO, along with over 230 product development and technology employees and a $41 million budget spread over North America, EMEA and Asia Pacific. Mr. Ansari joined PR Newswire directly from his role as the Chief Technology Officer for Marketwired, a Canadian-based company providing news release distribution and communications solutions.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Ansari served in several other leadership roles in technology, production management product development, sales and consulting, including at RealPage, Microsoft and Thomson Reuters.
Mr. Ansari holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.