Sabre Corporation promotes Sean Menke to president and CEO
Mr. Menke joined Sabre in October 2015 and currently serves as executive vice president of Sabre and president of Sabre Travel Network, Sabre’s largest line of business.
Prior to Sabre, Mr. Menke served as CEO of Frontier Airlines and held senior executive positions at Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada, among other carriers. He also served as executive vice president at IHS Services, a global technology company.
He holds an MBA from the University of Denver and a dual bachelor of science degree in economics and aviation from Ohio State University.
Mr. Menke will succeed Tom Klein, who has served as president, CEO and board member since 2013.
Mr. Klein will resign from Sabre on December 31, 2016.
In addition, the board named Larry Kellner, currently the non-executive chairman of the board, as executive chairman, also effective December 31, 2016.
Mr. Kellner joined Sabre as non-executive chairman of the board of directors in August 2013, and brings a strong background in the travel sector in which Sabre operates as a technology provider to leading airlines, hotels, travel agencies and travel management organizations.
He has served as president of Emerald Creek Group since 2010. He previously was with Continental Airlines, Inc. from 1995 to 2009 where he served as president and chief operating officer from 2003 to 2004, and chairman and CEO from 2004 through 2009.
He was also a member of the Continental Airlines, Inc. board of directors from 2001 to 2009.
In addition to Sabre, Mr. Kellner also currently serves on other boards of directors, including The Boeing Company and Marriott International, Inc. ■