Sabre Corporation, a leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has appointed Sean McDonald as Vice President of online travel for its Travel Network business.
In his role, McDonald will lead worldwide sales, commercial operations, business development and solution delivery for online travel agencies (OTAs), metasearch engines and other digital travel companies. He will build upon the company’s proven results in the online segment and help accelerate growth by winning new customers and increasing the company’s footprint with current accounts.
McDonald comes to Sabre from a role as chief commercial officer at BD4travel, a technology company that delivers AI-driven personalization and conversion enhancement solutions to online travel companies. Prior to that, he was chief sales officer at Secret Escapes, and served as Senior Vice President Sales at Expedia Affiliate Network (EAN).
In his new role, McDonald will be based in Sabre’s London office and will report to Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer, Sabre Travel Network.
“Sean has vast experience in artificial intelligence; data and analytics, areas that are only going to become more important as we move forward. This expertise, combined with an entrepreneurial approach and results-oriented management style, make him the ideal choice to lead our online travel business,” said Mendis.
Sabre works with eight of the ten largest global travel agents in the world. With innovative solutions like Trip Proposal, FareNabber, Bargain Finder Max or Sabre Virtual Payments, the travel technology provider helps its customers to increase revenue, save costs, improve efficiencies and enhance the customer experience.
“The travel industry is going through a dramatic evolution that is facilitated and accelerated by technology – and Sabre is at the forefront of this change. I’m excited to join such an innovative company,” McDonald said.
He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business studies from Nottingham Trent University.