Sabre Holdings on Thursday announced that president Tom Klein would succeed Sam Gilliand as CEO. Klein also will retain his duties as president, which he assumed in 2010, while Gilliland continues to serve on Sabre's board. Klein has been with Sabre for more than 20 years.
Sabre's worldwide distribution segments this year are up on a year-over-year basis, ranging from low-single-digit percentage growth rates in the United States to a peak of nearly 20 percent in Latin America, according to chairman and CEO Sam Gilliland.
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Thrice qualifying his comments as lacking the benefit of personal communications with the Department of Transportation, Sam Gilliland on Wednesday said DOT may be giving him more than he asked for when the Sabre Holdings chairman and CEO last year petitioned the Department to "mandate" that airlines list ancillary products in GDSs.
Sabre Holdings Chairman and CEO Sam Gilliland, speaking at The Beat Live in Austin Wednesday, suggested that airlines need to appoint a Chief Merchandising Officer in order to manage the continued onslaught of new fees (or revenues depending on your perspective) that the airlines themselves are developing.