Sam Gilliland the former CEO, Sabre Holding. Sabre is the world’s leading travel technology company. Sam previously served as Chairman and CEO of Sabre for 10 years, where his love of travel, entrepreneurial spirit and technical expertise inspire him to lead more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries, spanning all segments of the travel industry. He was appointed to the role in 2003.
Prior to that, Sam served in several senior leadership positions atSabre Holdings including president and CEO of Travelocity®, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Sabre Holdings, group president of Sabre Airline Solutions, and senior vice president and general manager of Sabre Business Travel Solutions, a start-up venture within the company.
Before joining Sabre Holdings in 1988, Sam worked as an electrical engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space in Austin, Texas.
A recognized leader in the travel and tourism industry, Sam was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board by U.S. President Barack Obama in March 2011. In 2012 he was appointed to serve as vice chair during a third term on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Committee to Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. Business Travel News named Sam as one of the top 25 most influential executives in the industry for 2011. Sam holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.
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