Northstar Travel Group announces new CEO and other leadership changes

Northstar Travel Group on Friday said it named Jason Young as its new CEO. Young succeeds Thomas Kemp, who has been chairman and CEO since 2009. Kemp will transition to the role of chairman.

The Rutherford-based travel industry-focused information services company also announced that, along with this leadership change, Bob Sullivan, a longtime travel industry icon and president of Northstar’s Travel Group, is being promoted to chief commercial officer.

Young has been an innovative leader in the digital transformation of the media industry, as well as a visionary in advertising technology. He spent 20 years with Ziff-Davis Media, the leading information technology information and media business, eventually ascending to the CEO position. Young was the founder of Smart Device Media, a mobile advertising network, later acquired by Crisp Mobile, where he became CEO of the combined company. After the acquisition of Crisp by Quotient Technology, a data-driven advertising technology company serving the packaged goods industry, Young became chief media and marketing officer. Over his 30-plus year career, Young has driven product innovation around new advertising platforms and data-led media. He most recently served as president of Chicory, a contextual commerce media company serving the consumer-packaged goods industry.

“We are thrilled to have Jason join Northstar as our new CEO to lead the company in our next strategic transformation as a content, marketing services, event and data company. I have known Jason for over 20 years as a visionary leader integrating data and technology into solutions for media companies and their clients,” Kemp said.

“I am honored to join the team at Northstar. At a time of significant evolution in the media and digital ecosystem, Northstar’s market leading brands and unparalleled content/data footprint provide essential benefits to the audience and for its travel marketing partners. I look forward to working with this amazing team and driving the next stage of strategic growth,” Young added.