SOUTHLAKE, Texas, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy Odom will join Sabre's board of directors and will serve as the independent chair of the board's audit committee.
An experienced technology executive, Odom co-founded Software Spectrum, a global provider of computer software and services, where she was chief executive officer and chairman of the board, prior to the company going public in 1991.
She currently serves as a director of Leggett & Platt, a Fortune 500 component manufacturer, where she is chair of the audit committee, and Harte-Hanks, a marketing company, where she is chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee.
Sabre also appointed Sam Gilliland, former Sabre chairman and CEO, to the honorary position of chairman emeritus in recognition of his many years of service to the company. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Sabre but will no longer participate as an active board member.
"Judy is a veteran director, having served on public company boards for more than a decade, and brings a fresh perspective that is well suited to our growth plans in the technology sector," said Larry Kellner, chairman of Sabre. "I would like to thank Sam for his leadership and contribution to Sabre over the years – his passion for the industry has always been a great inspiration."
Tom Klein, Sabre CEO and president, said: "I am delighted to welcome Judy to our board of directors. The technology industry moves rapidly and to its own beat, and Judy's entrepreneurial eye and deep technology experience make her the perfect fit for Sabre and our goal to create technology that delivers meaningful value to our customers. I also want to thank Sam, who has been an exceptional leader in so many ways and will continue to be a great mentor."
Sabre® is a technology solutions provider to the global travel and tourism industry. It offers a broad range of technology solutions including, data-driven business intelligence, mobile, distribution and Software-as-a-Service solutions which are used by travel suppliers (airlines, hotels, car rental outlets, railways, cruise lines and tour operators) and travel buyers (travel agencies, travel management companies and corporate travel departments) to plan, market, sell, serve and operate their business.
In 2013, Sabre's technology processed over $100 billion of estimated travel spending and more than 1.1 trillion system messages. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre employs approximately 10,000 people in approximately 60 countries around the world. We serve our customers through cutting-edge technology developed in six facilities located across four continents. Sabre is privately owned by TPG and Silver Lake Partners.
The company operates four brands/businesses: Sabre Airline Solutions®, Sabre Hospitality Solutions®, Sabre Travel Network® and Travelocity®.
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