Tonia O'Connor Named Chopra Global CEO

Author and New Age wellness celebrity Deepak Chopra said he has formed a new company, Chopra Global, with investor backing and headed by Tonia O'Connor, the former Univision Communications executive, as CEO and board member.

Tonia O'Connor

Tonia O'Connor

The company "encompasses a variety of products and services; from digital meditation apps to online masterclasses to live events and personalized retreats at the Chopra Center," Chopra said in a release. O'Connor was president and chief revenue officer at Univision, the Spanish-language media conglomerate, before leaving that role last summer amid an executive overhaul there. Earlier in her career O'Connor was executive VP of Gemstar TV Guide.

Chopra Global investors include Alice Walton, Ray Chambers and Matthew Harris of Global Infrastructure Partners (through his wellness investment fund Avatar Companies), the company said. "The launch of Chopra Global will create a new paradigm in healthcare for the 21stCentury," said Alice Walton. "With her experience in leading a company's commercial evolution, my fellow investors and I are thrilled to have a CEO like Tonia. She has a strong track record leveraging shifting market and consumer dynamics and knows how to capitalize on the exponential growth we are seeing in health and wellness."

"With Chopra Global's new leadership and funding, the company's goal is to scale all of its content and products, while expanding its existing impact through both direct to consumer and enterprise solutions," the release said.

"The name 'Deepak Chopra' is synonymous with the well-being movement and Chopra Global is already leading the industry with omni-channel consumer experiences," O'Connor said in the release.