Laureen Ong is stepping down as president of U.S. net Travel Channel at the end of this month, after three years helming the Scripps Networks Interactive-owned lifestyle channel.
Burton Jablin, president of the parent company’s Scripps Networks operating division, will oversee the channel’s operations and development on an interim basis while a search for Ong’s successor is under way.
“Laureen provided the right leadership at the right time that was needed to move Travel Channel in a new direction to enhance its value to media consumers, advertisers and content distributors,” Jablin said.
Ong added: “I feel my mission at Travel Channel is complete. I came here to help transition Travel Channel into the Scripps family of lifestyle brands, put together a great leadership and creative team, and position the network for unprecedented growth.
“With those objectives accomplished, I’m looking forward to Travel Channel’s continuing evolution into a uniquely defined and competitively powerful lifestyle television brand.”
Ong joined Scripps Networks Interactive as president of Travel Channel in April 2010. During her tenure, the channel launched series such as Hotel Impossible, Monumental Mysteries and Airport 24/7: Miami.