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Sabre taps veteran airline executive as its next CEO

Sabre Corp. recently expanded to a third building at its Southlake headquarters.
Sabre Corp. recently expanded to a third building at its Southlake headquarters. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

Sabre Corp. named a veteran airline executive as its next CEO on Thursday.

Sean Menke, who joined the Southlake-based travel technology company last year after serving as CEO at Frontier Airlines, will become president and CEO and will join the board of directors effective Dec. 31. He will replace Tom Klein, who has served as president, CEO and a board member since 2013.

Menke is executive vice president of Sabre and president of Sabre Travel Network, its largest line of business. He has also held executive positions with Hawaiian Airlines and Air Canada.

“Sabre touches almost every facet of the travel ecosystem to drive value and success for our customers,” Menke said in a statement. “I know first-hand the critical and growing role technology plays for our customers.”

According to the Denver Business Journal, Menke has job-hopped quite a bit in his career. As CEO at Frontier, he led the company through a Chapter 11 reorganization before leaving in 2010, then spent time at four other companies before landing at Sabre.

Separately, the board also named Larry Kellner, who has served as nonexecutive chairman since August 2013, as executive chairman, also effective Dec. 31.

“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,” Kellner said in a statement. “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.”

Sabre, which started as part of American Airlines in the 1960s and spent part of the last decade as a private company, went public again with a stock market offering in 2014. It has increased its airline and hotel software solutions revenues in recent years, added 400 employees in North Texas and expanded to a third building at its headquarters campus.

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

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