Sabre Corp. Announces Next CEO as Part of its Ongoing Succession Plan

Currently, Kurt Ekert is president of Sabre. He'll take up his new post as CEO on April 27, following current CEO Sean Menke's transition to become solely chairman of the board.

Southlake-based travel tech company Sabre Corp. has announced that Kurt Ekert will become the company’s CEO on April 27, following current CEO Sean Menke’s transition to become solely chairman of the board.

Ekert is currently president of Sabre. He has also been nominated as a director for election at Sabre’s 2023 Annual Meeting to be held on April 26. Sabre said the moves are being made as part of its ongoing succession planning.

“I know I speak on behalf of Sabre’s entire board of directors when I say that Sean has been an incredibly strong and successful leader over the last eight years, especially in those unprecedented moments during the global pandemic,” Sabre independent lead director Gregg Saretsky said in a statement. “He leaves behind a tremendous legacy, including an ambitious multi-year strategy that the leadership team will continue to move forward. We thank Sean for his outstanding leadership and service and are pleased to continue to serve alongside him as executive chair.”

“We look forward to having Kurt join the board as he steps into the chief executive officer role at the company,” added Saretsky, who will continue in his lead independent director role. “He’s a strong, forward-focused leader with the experience, operational and technical acumen and industry perspective to successfully execute Sabre’s strategic plans.”

Menke joined Sabre in 2015, with Ekert coming on board in January 2022

Menke joined Sabre in 2015 as president of its largest business division, before being promoted to CEO in late 2016. Under his leadership, the company said it set out, and executed against, bold plans to reimagine the future of travel enabled by its technology transformation, key strategic partnerships, and building a leadership team to deliver that vision.

Ekert joined Sabre in January 2022 as president and as part of the company’s long-term succession plans, as the company split the role of president and CEO.

He oversees all aspects of Sabre’s business and technology operations. Over the last year, Ekert developed new growth strategies and successfully executed against the company’s operating plans, including successfully reorganizing its Travel Solutions business, implementing robust operating principles to enable faster and more efficient execution, and putting a refined leadership team in place.

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