Tauck transition plan sees Tombaugh tapped as next CEO

Dan Mahar to become Chairman of the Board, Jeremy Palmer promoted to President

Tauck this week cemented its leadership transition plan which will see Dan Mahar, CEO since 2008, succeeded by Jennifer Tombaugh, President since 2011, effective October 2024.

The announcement was made at a company gathering in Stamford, Connecticut before more than 500 Tauck employees, Board members. The transition plan also sees Arthur Tauck Jr., Chairman, become Chairman Emeritus; Dan Mahar, will become Chairman of the Board; and Jeremy Palmer, Tauck Chief Operating Officer since 2019, become President.

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Current CEO, Dan Mahar noted that the evolution of Tauck’s leadership comes from a position of robust strength and a commitment to continuity:

“This leadership plan has been thoughtfully prepared and refined over the past decade, and it comes during a period of strong, consistent growth for the company,” Mahar said. “We look forward to remaining a family-owned company driven by our shared purpose of enhancing our guests’ lives through travel.

“Our focus will continue to be on guest satisfaction and retention, internal culture, and employee engagement, favourably impacting the places where we travel, and realising responsible, profitable growth over time.

“Tauck will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2025, and we look forward to building on our pioneering heritage of creating the world’s best travel experiences.”

Mahar added that the evolution of Tauck’s leadership comes at a time when the company’s product line has also been evolving.

“We’ve really strengthened our premium position over the past two decades by maintaining our focus on all-inclusive, guided journeys that enhance our guests’ lives, while successfully broadening both the experiences we offer and the customers we serve. We look forward to building on this momentum in our second century.”

Over the past 20 years, Tauck has developed its multi-generational Tauck Bridges family itineraries, crafted to deliver “shared enrichment” to each generation of travellers. The company also entered the European river cruising industry, successfully pairing its extensive land experience with a

From left to right: Jeremy Palmer, Dan Mahar, Arthur Tauck Jr., and Jennifer Tombaugh | Photo credit: Tauck

custom-built fleet of elegant, intimate riverboats. On the high seas, Tauck has almost tripled its complement of small ship ocean voyages, incorporating smaller vessels and creative itineraries to explore places where the big ships can’t go. And Tauck’s “small is big” philosophy has resulted in the introduction and rapid growth of small-group land journeys, with well over half of its land programs today being small-group departures.

In Australia and under the leadership of David Clark as Country Manager, Tauck is continuing to see trade relationships blossom and begin to bear fruit. Next Friday night on the Gold Coast, Tauck will present a special cocktail reception for luxury travel advisors as part of The Luxury Collections’ Luxury Travel & Cruise Event. More on that in LATTE next week.

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