Sabre establishes Travel Solutions organisation

Dave Shirk promoted to EVP and President, Travel Solutions

Sabre Corporation has announced changes to its organisational structure and additions to its technology leadership that reinforce the company’s commitment to the next generation of retailing, distribution and fulfillment while accelerating development of the world’s most advanced travel platform.

Dave Shirk has been promoted to executive vice president and president of Bravel Solutions, a newly created organisation that includes Travel Network, Airline Solutions and data and analytics solutions across the business units. Travel Solutions represents the evolution of Sabre’s strategy to unify efforts across all channels of retailing, distribution and fulfillment. Sabre’s reportable segments will continue to be Travel Network, Airline Solutions and Hospitality Solutions.

Under the new structure, Wade Jones, executive vice president and president of Travel Network, will report directly to Shirk and continue executing Sabre’s Travel Network strategy. The company has initiated searches for a leader to fill Shirk’s previous role as the head of Airline Solutions and to hire a leader for its data and analytics efforts, both of which will report to Shirk.

“Strengthen our go-to-market and product development approaches”

“Our customers are looking for holistic technology solutions to their retailing, distribution and fulfillment needs that unlock new opportunities to engage with travelers, drive revenue and provide an edge in their ultra-competitive industries,” said Sean Menke, Sabre president and CEO.

“We stand at a moment in time when the business of travel is filled with opportunity, brimming with challenge and hungry for innovation, and we are evolving to better serve our customers and reach our potential as an organization.  As a natural next step in our strategy, we are aligning our leadership and organizational structure to reinforce our customer focus and further strengthen our go-to-market and product development approaches.”

Dave Shirk , Sabre

The company also announced that Sundar Narasimhan will join Sabre as senior vice president and president of Sabre Labs and product strategy – effective 30 July and reporting to Menke.

Narasimhan brings over 25 years of relevant experience, most recently serving as director of engineering at Google, where he led teams working on the company’s hospitality efforts.

Previously, Narasimhan was the CTO of ITA Software, which was acquired by Google in 2011. At ITA Software, which is known for its QPX Airline Pricing and Shopping product, Narasimhan led development of the 1U distribution platform and launched the ITA airline passenger reservation system.

In his role at Sabre, Narasimhan will lead product vision and strategy, next-generation platform development and operations research.

He will be based in Boston, where the company plans to open a new office to expand Sabre Labs, which explores emerging technologies and capabilities that will impact travel over the next decade.

“As we build the most advanced travel platform in the world, we are bolstering our technology leadership team with additional expertise to further accelerate innovation,” added Menke. “Taken together, these changes underscore our commitment to lead the industry in partnership with our customers, while solidifying Sabre’s position as the technology platform at the center of the business of travel.”

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