In this role, Sharma will lead the lodging, ground and sea segment within Sabre’s global distribution business, a significant focus and expected growth area for the Company. To support this growth objective, enhancements to Sabre’s Content Services for Lodging platform are centered around the dynamic consumption and distribution of lodging content that is supported by intelligent retailing solutions such as Lodging AI.
“At Sabre, we see significant opportunity to grow an existing capability to become the premier B2B lodging platform with technologies and commercial models to enable efficient global travel commerce,” said Roshan Mendis, chief commercial officer, Sabre Travel Solutions. “Having the right leader in place is critical to achieving these goals. Chinmai’s experience and industry knowledge will be a great asset in leading the LGS team to create a winning market solution for hotels in addition to growing our car and rail business.”
Previously named one of the ‘Top 20 Extraordinary Minds within Sales, Marketing, and Technology’ by HSMAI Europe, Sharma has more than two decades of global travel and hospitality experience. He is actively involved with the boards of non-profit hospitality associations like HSMAI and HEDNA, and is a current mentor with the start-up incubator at NYU Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Innovation Hub.
“I have always admired Sabre’s role in powering the global travel industry and am looking forward to work with our team of experts in helping connect our agencies and travelers with meaningful experiences” said Sharma on his appointment. “The managed travel category brings quality travelers to our travel suppliers and I am looking forward to working at Sabre in building an end-to-end travel marketplace with market-leading solutions”
Sharma’s industry experience includes working across the globe with leading companies like Expedia, Wyndham Hotel Group, Starwood Capital Group and Taj Group of Hotels. Most recently, Sharma was President – Americas for RateGain, a leading provider of SaaS solutions for travel and hospitality, where he played an important role in their growth strategy leading to a successful IPO.
A Hotel Management graduate, Chinmai has a B.A. with Mathematics and holds a joint MBA from ESSEC Business School, Paris and Cornell Hotel School (M.M.H.), New York.