Sean E. Menke
Independent Director since: 2021
Sean Menke is Chair of the Board of Directors, and former Chief Executive Officer, of Sabre Corporation, a leading global software and technology company that powers the travel industry, through a global network of development, sales, operations and corporate functions. In 2015, Mr. Menke joined Sabre as president of Sabre Travel Network, Sabre’s largest line of business. Under Mr. Menke’s leadership, Sabre has won major new business opportunities, increased global market share, secured Sabre’s position as the leading global distribution system in North America, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, and led innovation to enable sales of more customized fares and ancillary products that help drive the changing travel industry landscape.
Before joining Sabre, Mr. Menke spent more than 20 years in executive leadership roles in the airline industry. He served as Chief Executive Officer at Frontier Airlines and at Pinnacle Airlines, and he held senior level marketing, operations, customer experience, strategy, planning, sales, distribution and revenue management roles, including with Air Canada and Hawaiian Airlines. He also served as Executive Vice President at IHS Inc., a global information technology company.
Mr. Menke is a proven transformation leader, and uses his extensive experience in technology and transportation operations to bring together strategy and data to address complex issues as a member of the WM Board. His expertise in logistics and commitment to delivering efficient, customer-focused innovation through imaginative technology-led solutions helps advance WM’s strategy to differentiate its services.
As Executive Chair and former Chief Executive Officer of Sabre and with extensive executive experience in technology-driven companies, Mr. Menke is aware of the importance and challenges of cybersecurity and privacy issues, and he has experience overseeing risk mitigation and implementing systems to protect major corporations. Mr. Menke shares with the WM Board his experience in the areas of cyber intrusion response planning and remediation.
Mr. Menke holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and aviation management from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver.