Apple Leisure Group has a new CEO. In a planned transition, Alejandro Reynal will succeed Alex Zozaya, who will shift into a full-time capacity as executive chairman and lead the board of directors.
In his new role, Reynal will oversee ALG's collection of subsidiaries, including AMResorts and its 66 branded properties; destination management service providers Amstar DMC and Worldstar; a portfolio of leading vacation brands, including Apple Vacations, Travel Impressions, CheapCaribbean.com and Funjet Vacations; the Unlimited Vacation Club loyalty program; and technology provider TriSept Solutions.
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Alejandro to ALG as we enter the next phase of the company’s evolution and growth,” said Zozaya. “Over the past 20 years, I have had the privilege to participate in the many stages of ALG’s exciting trajectory, from the creation of AMResorts...to the Group’s entrance into Europe. I am confident Alejandro will drive innovation across ALG globally, execute the group’s long-term growth strategy and bring our vision for the future to life. This is a long-planned transition in which I will remain actively engaged and invested in ALG, and will focus on supporting Alejandro, as well as identifying and executing strategic initiatives for the company.”
Zozaya went on to thank the ALG executive committee for its contributions, particularly President John Hutchinson, who, he said, has been his “right hand and an invaluable resource for the past two years.”
Reynal has worked in the United States, Europe and Latin America. Most recently, he served as CEO of Atento, a global provider of customer-relationship management and business-process outsourcing services, where he led the company to an initial public offering in 2014. Earlier in his career, he held management positions at Telefonica, The Coca-Cola Co. and The Gap, Inc. Reynal has degrees in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
“I am honored and excited to be joining ALG as its CEO, and I am grateful for Alex’s and the board’s confidence in my leadership and long-term vision for the company,” said Reynal., adding, “I am convinced that ALG has tremendous potential for continued growth, and I look forward to building on this legacy as well as working with ALG’s executive committee and all its employees to do great things for our customers.”
“We want to thank Alex for the extraordinary progress he has made in positioning ALG as a leader in the travel and hospitality industries, and we are excited about the future of the company under Alejandro’s leadership,” said Eric Resnick, a member of the ALG board of directors. “We are confident Alejandro will be a strong complement to the ALG executive committee, who collectively bring decades of experience managing leading global airline, hotel and travel brands,” added board member Paul Raether.