Sabre Corporation, a technology provider to the global travel industry has named Vish Saoji as chief technology officer (CTO), effective September 5.
As CTO, Saoji will be responsible for executing Sabre’s technology strategy centered on scaling world class platform capabilities and migrating to an open system environment.
Sabre continues its transformation into a more SaaS/Cloud native technology environment that leverages platforms to scale its solutions for its customer base that supports airlines, hotels, travel agents, TMCs and corporate customers. Sabre had previously announced Joe DiFonzo as its new CIO, creating two senior executive positions dedicated to technology management to provide additional resources and leadership. With Saoji’s hiring, Sabre has completed filling its senior leadership team in conjunction with Sean Menke assuming the role of CEO in December 2016.
Vish Saoji will join Sabre from GE Healthcare Digital, where he serves as CTO for Software Engineering and is responsible for a global team tasked with technology engineering, product portfolio and cloud platform strategies. Prior to GE Healthcare Digital, he held engineering and management positions at GE Digital, EMC, and Oracle. A native of India, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Amravati University and a master’s degree in Computer Management from the University of Pune. In addition, he completed Harvard Business School’s General Management Program.
“Vish brings an impressive record of innovation, implementation and quality product development that we will quickly tap as we build out our platform, SaaS and cloud strategies,” said Menke. “Our customers are looking to Sabre to support their own growth goals and customer service enhancements with technologies that are fast to market, simple to use and easily integrated into their business strategies. Vish has successfully led these functions at leading companies in the tech sector and he knows the importance of building a road map and technology standards that incorporate both vision and impeccable execution. He’s inheriting a team that is very excited about the opportunities ahead of us.”
“Sabre’s strategic place in the travel technology sector with customers across the industry and the six continents makes this an exciting opportunity. The demand for new technology solutions is tremendous, and I’m committed to enhancing a portfolio that will allow Sabre to win new business, grow the company and maintain our leadership role as an innovator and strong partner,” said Saoji.