Changes to Sabre senior exec team

Sabre has named two new senior executives in changes at the top of the organisation.

Deborah Kerr becomes chief product and technology officer while Rick Simonson joins as chief financial officer.

Kerr replaces Barry Vandevier, who left late last year to pursue a new opportunity outside the travel industry.

Simonson takes the place of current chief financial officer Mark Miller, who is leaving the company after 18 years to explore opportunities with other companies involved with of TPG and Silver Lake, the two private equity firms that own Sabre.

Kerr previously worked at HP and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will oversee innovation, development and delivery of software for airlines, hotels, travel agencies, corporations and travellers.

Simonson spent 10 years at Nokia and will lead Sabre’s global finance organisation, responsible for all finance and controls, reporting, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Sabre Holdings chief executive Sam Gilliland said: “Deborah’s extensive technology experience, and proven record of bringing disruptive technology to the marketplace makes her a perfect choice for Sabre.

“She will build on what we’ve already achieved with our revenue-generating and cost-saving technology, and embed emerging capabilities in areas such as mobile, big data and cloud capabilities, so our customers can stay ahead of the game in travel.”

He added: “Rick has a rare combination of extensive global finance, operational, and capital markets experience focused on technology sectors, and a proven track record as an executive and board member for numerous private and public companies.”

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