New CEO’s Appointed
To Sabre Airline Solutions And Travelocity
By Eddy Metcalf
April 5, 2011 - Sabre Holdings, the world’s leading
travel technology company, has appointed Hugh Jones,
current president and chief executive officer of
Travelocity, to president of Sabre Airline Solutions.
will be replaced by Carl Sparks, current president of
Gilt Groupe and a former online travel executive, who
will assume the role of Travelocity president and CEO.
Travelocity and Sabre Airline Solutions are business
units of Sabre Holdings.
In his new role, Jones will oversee the growth of Sabre Airline Solutions which provides technology solutions to the air transportation industry.
has experienced significant growth in the past few years,
signing reservations agreements with Virgin America, LAN Chile,
Aeroflot, JetBlue, WestJet, and Philippine Airlines to name a
few. Jones will now leverage his diverse experience at Sabre to
accelerate the company’s plans to be the world’s leading
software as a service business.
experienced leader in the online retail industry with previous
executive leadership roles at Expedia and Hotels websites, will
take responsibility for the growth of Travelocity Global and its
subsidiaries Travelocity Business, Travelocity Partner Network,
IgoUgo, AllHotels, and lastminute in Europe and Zuji in Asia
and Carl are exceptional leaders with proven success in today’s
dynamic travel industry,” said Sam Gilliland, chairman and CEO
of Sabre Holdings. “Their knowledge of the travel industry,
global insight, passion for innovation and deep understanding of
what our customers want will enable both businesses to thrive
and be successful in today’s competitive industry,” he said.
president and CEO at Travelocity, Jones helped expand in new
growth areas including media, Travelocity Partner Network and
international. He oversaw the rollout of the company’s global
hotel distribution platform and international shopping platform,
and expanded the company’s presence in Latin America and
Jones’ move to
Sabre Airline Solutions gives the business a well-rounded leader with
experience spanning the entire travel industry. His tenure at Sabre has
seen him in a number of executive roles including chief operating
officer for Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions. Jones
joined Sabre from American Airlines, and holds a master's degree in
business administration from Southern Methodist University and a
bachelor’s degree from the
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