Yannis Karmis, a 12-year veteran of Sabre Holdings will take over the helm as president of Travelocity Business beginning November 1. Mr. Karmis succeeds Lesley Harris, whom Travelocity tapped to lead its North American Hotels and Packaging business after more than two successful years at the helm of Travelocity Business.
The leadership transition at TBiz is part of a broader announcement of executive appointments made by Travelocity Global earlier today. Mr. Karmis will report directly to Hugh Jones, president and CEO of Travelocity Global. Travelocity Business, a full-service corporate travel management company (TMC), is one of the fastest-growing business travel firms with more than US$850 million of corporate travel spend under management.
Prior to Travelocity Business, Mr. Karmis spent 12 years working in various positions at Sabre Holdings and Sabre Travel Network. Most recently, he served as vice president of global customer support for Sabre Travel Network, and as general manager of Sabre Uruguay, where he led the expansion of Sabre’s second-largest office. The global customer-support facility in Montevideo, Uruguay, supports numerous Sabre brands, including Sabre Travel Network’s 55,000 travel agency customer locations in 45 countries, Sabre Airline Solutions, GetThere, SynXis, Travelocity Business, and Nexion. Mr. Karmis earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Neeley School at Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. He is based at Travelocity Business’s headquarters in Southlake, Texas.
“Yannis brings a compelling mix of travel and operational expertise to his new role, and he’s the right person to build upon the success Lesley and the management team recorded in recent years,” said Hugh Jones, president and CEO of Travelocity Global. “At a time when corporations are focused on maximizing the value of every travel dollar, his understanding of supplier trends and TMC operations will benefit Travelocity Business clients, employees, and suppliers as businesses get back on the road.”