J.D. O’Hara serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Internova Travel Group, one of the world’s largest privately-held travel services companies providing unrivaled expertise in all facets of leisure, corporate and entertainment travel. With more than 4,000 employees, Internova Travel Group (formerly Travel Leaders Group) is comprised of more than 6,000 travel agency locations with over 65,000 travel advisors in more than 80 countries. Mr. O’Hara became CEO of the company in January 2020 after having served as President.
Mr. O’Hara’s core tenets for Internova Travel Group’s success is to provide impeccable service to its travelers, the highest quality support and tools to its travel advisors, and unsurpassed value to its preferred supplier partners.
In May 2020, Mr. O’Hara announced a major reorganization of the company by aligning its premium brands into several divisions, including ALTOUR, Travel Leaders Group, Global Travel Collection and Bonotel Exclusive Travel. The reorganization is aimed at enhancing service and support for its advisors and agencies, increasing value for clients and providing suppliers with greater distribution and marketing opportunities.
Prior to rejoining the company as President in 2018, Mr. O’Hara was Senior Partner at Certares Management, LLC., Internova’s majority owner. Mr. O’Hara also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Internova Travel Group.
Mr. O’Hara has played a key role in the growth and evolution of the company since its inception in 2008. He 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. The company most recently ranked 7th among Travel Weekly’s 2019 Power List of the largest travel agencies and ranked 6th among the top travel management companies by Business Travel Europe.
In his various operating roles within the company and as a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. O’Hara has always had direct oversight of Internova’s vast investment activity, including the mergers and acquisitions of Tzell Travel Group, Nexion Travel Group, Vacation.com, Protravel International, Andrew Harper Travel and ALTOUR, among many more. As the company sought to expand beyond its core U.S. footprint, Mr. O’Hara led Internova’s international growth strategy with the acquisitions of Mexico-based Corporate Travel Services, and UK-based agencies Colletts Travel and Barrhead Travel, as well as meeting and event services company Your Event Solutions (YES).
Prior to joining Internova, Mr. O’Hara worked in the investment banking industry in New York. He received a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo (Canada).