Hugh Jones to head Travelocity
Published: 08 Jan 2009: Sabre Holdings has named Hugh Jones as president and CEO of Travelocity Global, as current president and CEO Michelle Peluso announced her plans to leave the company effective February 6.
Jones most recently served as chief operating officer for the Sabre Travel Network and Sabre Airline Solutions businesses.
"We need to work with our suppliers to drive traffic and find the right deals to display to the right people," Jones reportedly said.
On the change in leadership, Sabre stated: "Peluso, who led Travelocity to a significant turnaround in profitability after becoming president and CEO in 2003, decided to leave the company following the recent birth of her child, as she plans to seek an executive position that does not involve an ongoing, cross-country commute."
In addition to the financial turnaround, Peluso helped lead Travelocity´s global expansion and was instrumental in industry innovations such as Customer Championship, the Roaming Gnome branding campaign, and enhanced merchant hotel and dynamic packaging products.
Based in Southlake, Texas, Jones began his career with American Airlines, where his roles included financial controller for the airline´s European and Pacific airport, sales and reservation operations, and financial controller of food and beverage services. He also served as manager of financial analysis, where he coordinated both competitive and labor contract analysis. Jones has also served as controller for the entire Sabre Holdings portfolio of businesses.