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Since our inception, the
In the Black Group has been focused purely on supply side business performance and how to leverage those activities commercially.
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Ron DiLeo - Founder and CEO

Ron DiLeo is the founder and CEO of the IN THE BLACK Group, specializing in all aspects of travel management and business performance.  His client roster primarily consists of entrepreneurs seeking investment funding, and travel management companies, airlines and hoteliers looking to improve their business performance results. He is also co-founder and CEO of SafeTravelRx Inc, a niche SaaS software applications developer focused on linking personal medical information to lifestyle communications devices with relevance in the B2B and B2C travel sectors.  Ron is a forty year plus veteran of the travel industry during which time he has held various local, regional, multinational and global leadership roles. 


Ron does limited consulting on the buying side of business travel where he has subcontracted his services through firms such as Boston Consulting Group and Partnership Travel Consulting.  As a subcontractor he works with corporate buyers seeking outsourced procurement services with subject matter expertise in business travel management and expense management/payment systems.  Prior to consulting, Ron was senior vice president and general manager of American Express Travel EMEA, based in London, which during his tenure was a $7B business, employing 6300 people, and encompassing twenty-one markets throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Ron also served on the board of American Express Europe Ltd, which set direction for all American Express businesses operating in the region and at the time included the American Express Corporate and Consumer Card businesses, the Establishment Services business, the Global Network Services business, and the American Express Bank.


Prior to working for American Express, Ron was the Chief Operating Officer of Rosenbluth International, a privately held global travel management company, employing 3800 people, with offices in forty-eight countries around the world.  When the company was being sold to American Express, he was part of the executive team working with the Blackstone Group that orchestrated the sale.


Ron served for three years as Executive Director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), a travel industry trade association focused on education and industry advocacy.  His resume also includes time in the corporate card industry where he was president and CEO of AirPlus International Inc.


Ron participates in a number of angel investor groups in the United States and Europe and serves on the board of several companies in the travel, tourism and hospitality space.

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