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Sabre Names Members of New Executive Leadership Team

Sabre has unveiled the members of its executive leadership team.

The appointments are part of the strategic realignment of Sabres Travel Solutions business to combine its airline and agency-focused businesses so that it can provide a more seamless experience to customers.

I am excited about what lays ahead for Sabre and our new leadership team, said Sean Menke, Sabres president and chief executive officer. We began this journey over two years ago with the unveiling of our SabreNext strategy and the creation of our Travel Solutions organization under the leadership of Dave Shirk. Since then, we have been taking difficult steps to transform this company and build a solid foundation for long-term, profitable growth which culminated in the announcement of Sabres strategic initiatives earlier this year and the organizational realignment that we announced last month. Today, we are sharing additional details about the recently appointed executives who will be leading that organization and ultimately responsible for delivering the next generation of retailing, distribution and fulfillment for new and existing customers.

Dave Shirk. Click to enlarge.

Dave Shirk (pictured) will continue in his role of president of Sabres newly, realigned Travel Solutions business reporting to CEO Sean Menke. Shirk will oversee all aspects of the companys agency and airline-focused business segments including product management, global product development, sales and account management, delivery and professional services, as well as strategy.

Reporting to Shirk are the following executives within the Travel Solutions organization:

Wade Jones has been appointed executive vice president, chief product officer and will oversee a centralized product management and marketing organization that will help customers maximize the value of their content by delivering a brand-consistent customer experience across all channels.

Dave Moore has been named executive vice president, chief technology officer, overseeing Sabres global product development team. Moores team is charged with building software products for customers, embracing a unified approach to all product development efforts, as well as driving Sabres technology transformation, including support for its Google Cloud partnership.

Roshan Mendis has been appointed executive vice president, chief commercial officer and will oversee all agency and airline-focused sales and account management teams.

Cem Tanyel has been named executive vice president, chief services officer, of a newly formed professional services, consulting and support organization that brings together the companys delivery and care teams together under his leadership.

Blair Austin has been named vice president, global business operations for the organization. This streamlined business operations organization will work cross-functionally to enable each business function to focus on maximizing value creation for the company.

While we remain focused on managing our business through this challenging business climate, we are equally committed to taking this opportunity to make bold, strategic moves toward achieving our vision to create a new market for personalized travel. Now is the time to accelerate the organizational changes we began in 2018 to address the changing travel landscape, said Shirk. This is an incredibly experienced and driven leadership team and the realignment of the organization will make us more agile in accomplishing our strategic priorities, leveraging the hard work that has already been done over the last several years.

Kristin Hays has been named senior vice president, global communications with responsibility for all aspects of Sabres corporate messaging, executive and team member communications, public and media relations and external affairs. Hays will continue reporting to Sean Menke.

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