Sean Menke, Sabre's executive vice president and president of Sabre Travel Network, has been named the company's new president, CEO and a member of Sabre's board, effective Dec. 31.

Sean Menke
Sean Menke

Menke replaces Tom Klein, who held those positions since 2013, and announced this summer he would resign at the end of 2016 to "turn my personal attention to new opportunities."

Additionally, Sabre has named Larry Kellner, currently the non-executive chairman of the board, as its executive chairman. Kellner's new title is also effective Dec. 31.

Menke has been with Sabre since October 2015. Before joining the company, he was the CEO of Frontier Airlines. He also held executive positions with Air Canada, Hawaiian Airlines and other carriers, and was previously the executive vice president at technology company IHS Services.

According to a statement, Sabre's board unanimously chose Menke as Klein's successor.

"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. "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 also said that in conjunction with Kellner being named executive chair of the board, Karl Peterson has been designated lead independent director.

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