Sabre Holdings Corporation (NYSE: TSG) today announced that Jeff Palmer has been named president of its wholly-owned subsidiary GetThere, the industry leading Web- based travel booking system for corporations and suppliers.
Palmer, who has been chief operating officer of GetThere, replaces Gadi Maier, who announced he was leaving Sabre at the end of January to pursue other interests. Palmer will report to William J. Hannigan, chairman and chief executive officer of Sabre.
Sabre acquired GetThere in October of 2000, combining it with its Sabre Business Travel Solutions unit, creating the clear leader in the corporate online travel channel.
As chief operating officer at GetThere, Palmer managed the corporate and supplier lines of business, including the sales, marketing, engineering and services organizations. He joined GetThere in 1999 as vice president, strategic development. Palmer has twenty years of high-tech strategy and general management experience, holding several senior management positions within enterprise software and Internet businesses, including BBN Corporation, Domain Solutions Corporation, Memco Software and TriStrata Inc.
He received a bachelor`s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“Jeff brings a wealth of marketing and business development experience to this position,” said William J. Hannigan. “His strong understanding of the corporate channel and customer requirements will ensure the continued expansion of GetThere`s leadership position.
“Gadi has made significant contributions during his time at Sabre, leading the successful integration of GetThere, and helping to extend our leadership in both the online corporate and online supplier markets,” Hannigan said. “We appreciate his contributions and I know he will be successful in whatever challenge he chooses to take on next.”