Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, has appointed Ghassan Abu Khalaf as its new country manager for Qatar, to lead its operations and deploy Sabre’s expansion strategy across the country.
With more than 20 years’ experience working for global technology companies in the Middle East, Ghassan’s primary role will be leading the Sabre Travel Network Middle East (STNME) team in Qatar to maintain and support the growth of its customers within an evolving and expanding market. He will play a key role in recruiting and building a highly innovative team, as well as establishing strategic partnerships and networks within the local and global travel and technology industries.
“Ghassan’s wealth of technology, travel and e-commerce experience, as well as his deep knowledge of the Qatar market, will ensure that Sabre’s goals to help develop the country’s travel industry will be successfully met,” said Daniel Naoumovitch, CEO, STNME. “His appointment, in addition to our dedicated team on the ground and future investment plans, will help extend our services and technology as well as bring our global value and innovative solutions to local travel agents.”
Prior to Sabre, Ghassan held various executive roles with leading technology companies such as Oracle, NCR, Lexmark and Xerox, across a variety of markets including Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and USA.
“I am very pleased to be joining Sabre at such an exciting time, when the level of innovation and diversification across the travel industry is at its peak,” said Ghassan. “Sabre’s adoption of the latest technologies and understanding of its customers’ needs, industry challenges and technology trends make it an effective partner for Qatar’s travel companies. I’m looking forward to playing a key role in helping Sabre’s customers – both present and future – to grow and evolve in this dynamic market.”
Ghassan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Jordan and an MBA from Montclair State University in New Jersey, USA.