Sabre Corporation has promoted Sean Menke to serve as the new president, CEO and a member of Sabre’s board.
Effective from December 31, 2016, Menke will succeed Tom Klein, who has served as president, CEO and board member since 2013.
Menke joined the Sabre family in October 2015 and currently serves as executive vice president of Sabre and president of Sabre Travel Network. Under his leadership, Sabre Travel Network has gained major business opportunities, boosted its global market share, secured Sabre’s position as a leading global distribution system in North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, and successfully extended new multi-year agreements with many of its largest global travel management companies, online travel agencies and travel retailers.
Adding to this, Menke has spearheaded the innovation that enables the sale of more customised fares and ancillary products through Sabre Travel Network, and has strengthened the technology solutions that will be offered to travel agencies in 2017 as part of the launch of the new Sabre Red platform.
Throughout his colourful career, Menke has served as the CEO of Frontier Airlines and held senior executive positions at Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada, as well as other airlines. He also served as executive vice president at IHS Services, a global technology company.
Menke enthused on the news: “Sabre touches almost every facet of the travel ecosystem to drive value and success for our customers. I know first-hand the critical and growing role technology plays for our customers. It’s a core investment for airlines, hotels, agencies and travel management organisations alike, and Sabre has unique capabilities to help our partners grow revenue and operate more efficiently. It’s an honour to succeed Tom and build on his strategic vision for Sabre and to lead such a talented team to capitalise on this opportunity.”