Sabre Names Airline Exec Sean Menke as CEO

Menke succeeds Tom Klein who announced his resignation earlier this year.

Sabre Corp. announced Thursday that Sean Menke has been appointed as the company’s new CEO, president, and member of the board of directors, effective Dec. 31. Menke succeeds Tom Klein who announced his resignation earlier this year. 

Sean Menke

“After an extensive search of qualified candidates, the board unanimously concluded that Sean is the right choice to lead Sabre.  Since his arrival last year, Sean has demonstrated that his strong industry knowledge and expertise coupled with his decisive, results-oriented management style are an effective combination. These traits will help Sabre drive innovation as the travel industry’s technology leader and serve the needs of airlines, hotels, travel agents and travelers alike.  I look forward to working with Sean to make this happen,” Larry Kellner, non-executive chairman of the board, said in a news release.

Menke, former CEO of Frontier Airlines, 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. He has held senior executive positions at other carriers including Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada. 

Since joining Sabre, Menke has led the innovation that enables the sale of more customized fares and ancillary products through Sabre Travel Network and strengthened the technology solutions that will be offered to travel agencies next year as part of the launch of the new Sabre Red platform, according to the release.

Larry Kellner, currently the non-executive chairman of the board, was named as executive chairman, also effective Dec. 31.

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