LONDON, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sabre Holdings announced today that company President Tom Klein is succeeding Sam Gilliland as the company's CEO. Klein will serve as CEO and President, while Gilliland will continue to serve on the board of directors.
Commenting on this transition, Gilliland said: "It has been a privilege to lead Sabre's outstanding team of more than 10,000 technology and business professionals over the past 10 years as CEO. Together, we have diversified our business and made crucial investments to stay at the leading edge of technology for the travel industry. Tom Klein has been my partner in that endeavour and I can think of no one better suited to take our company forward. He will benefit, as I have, from a talented and capable team that will help drive the company to even greater successes in the years to come."
Klein has been with Sabre for more than two decades serving in a broad variety of leadership roles in Latin America, North America, and globally. He assumed the role of president of the company in 2010.
Klein said: "I am honoured by the trust being placed in me by the board, and I am excited by the opportunity that the global team at Sabre now faces as we write this company's next chapter. I am particularly grateful to Sam Gilliland, who has been an exceptional leader of our company for a decade. Together with the entire senior leadership team, we are committed to carrying forward and accelerating our plans to evolve Sabre to meet the changing technology needs of our customers and the global travel industry."
Sabre Holdings® is a global travel technology company, serving the world's largest industry – travel and tourism. We provide software to travel agencies, corporations, travelers, airlines, hotels, car, rail, cruise and tour operator companies through our four businesses: Sabre Airline Solutions®, Sabre Hospitality Solutions®, Sabre Travel Network® and Travelocity® (including lastminute.com).
By delivering innovative travel technology, we make the world a better place. Our innovative technology is used by more than a billion people around the world to plan, book and get to their destination at a time and price that's right for them. We work behind the scenes to make the world a better place, one journey at a time.
Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, Sabre has approximately 10,000 employees in 60 countries around the world. It has large development and customer care centers in the United States, Argentina, India, Philippines, Poland and Uruguay. Sabre has won numerous awards for being a top employer and corporate citizen in Argentina, Brazil, India, Mexico, Peru, Poland, and the United States. Sabre is privately owned by Texas Pacific Group (TPG) and Silver Lake Partners.
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