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FRESH FACES: Sabre’s Brett Thorstad


Brett Thorstad, vice president sales management, South East Asia and APAC joint ventures for Sabre, spent 16 years in the field of law. But clearly, Sabre (and the travel industry) had something special to offer...

 

Where is the last place you travelled?

The South East Asia region is so diverse that it requires a lot of travel to connect with all of our markets. My last work trip was to Vietnam.

 

Where are you going next?

I’ve got trips planned to Indonesia and Malaysia. Hopefully Cambodia soon thereafter.

 

Besides your passport, what’s one thing you always take with you on your travels?

I try to keep fit even while travelling. So, I always bring my running shoes. Unfortunately, it’s a bit psychological for me, as more often than not they stay in the bag. However, I’ll keep bringing them just in case.

 

Why did you move to this role?

When the opportunity was first presented, I hesitated. I spent 16 years studying and practicing law, so sales is a bit of a leap, and lawyers tend to be conservative and making such a move comes with risk.

However, this was also a once in a lifetime opportunity that I would have regretted if I had passed it up. I’m fortunate to work for a great company with some really terrific people that think outside the box.

 

What’s the main thing people should know about the company?

Sabre was founded in the 1960s. We have been around for a long time and are often recognized for operating the world’s largest travel marketplace, connecting travel buyers and sellers through the Sabre Global Distribution System (GDS). However, Sabre’s contribution to the travel industry spans far beyond travel distribution.

Sabre is investing heavily in our technology and infrastructure – about one billion US dollars a year – to ensure we remain the leader in cutting-edge technology solutions and platforms.

We are continuing to build out our global cloud footprint and now have our entire Travel Network shopping complex in the cloud.

 

What’s your top travel tip?

I like to have an extra set of all my chargers in my travel bag. The worst thing that can happen is to show up on a business trip without your laptop power cord or phone charger, so I just leave an extra set in my bag and don’t worry about it.

 

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Written by: BRETT THORSTAD as told to Traveltalk
Published: 26 August 2019


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