Securing America’s Future Energy today announced that Sam Gilliland, the Chairman and CEO of Sabre Holdings, a global travel technology company, has joined the Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC). The ESLC is a group of business and retired military leaders who support long-term policies to reduce U.S. oil dependence and is led by General P.X. Kelley (Ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Frederick W. Smith, Chairman, President, and CEO of FedEx Corporation.
“I am very proud to join the distinguished business and former military leaders on the Energy Security Leadership Council to push for a broad set of policies to reduce our nation’s dependence on oil,” Gilliland said. “The high price and volatility of crude oil impacts the global economy and certainly every part of U.S. economy, and it is a clear threat to our national strength. I look forward to working with the Council to move the U.S. government toward energy policies that will improve our national and economic security.”
A recognized leader in the travel and tourism industry, Gilliland has run Sabre Holdings since 2003, overseeing more than 10,000 employees in 60 countries. Gilliland was appointed to the President’s Management Advisory Board 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. Gilliland was named one of the top 25 most influential executives in the travel industry for 2011 by Business Travel News.
“We are honored to have a distinguished businessman like Sam Gilliland join the ESLC,” said Robbie Diamond, President and CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE). “Sam has been working at the intersection of technology and travel for more than 20 years and has a deep understanding of energy insecurity and how it relates to the travel industry. He will be a great asset in the ESLC’s efforts to highlight the economic costs of our oil dependence.”