Travel technology company Accelya has announced the appointment of Sam Gilliland, former CEO of Saber, as its new CEO, with current CEO Jim Davidson transitioning to vice chairman.
Gilliland spent 25 years at Saber, including about 10 years as CEO starting in 2003. Most recently, he was CEO of workflow automation solutions software provider Cherwell, returning to the travel industry “to drive the next phase of growth,” he said in a statement. In Accelia.
BTN’s brother The Beat reports that Davidson, who joined Accelya after its acquisition of Farelogix in 2020, stepped up to CEO earlier this year, but scaled back his duties due to health reasons. He will continue as an advisor to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Accelya.
In a statement, Davidson said that “Gilliland’s deep industry experience and proven leadership across software speak for themselves and make him the ideal leader for scaling Accelya and developing our strategy to deliver on our ambitions.”
Accelya said it hired Gilliland as part of its efforts to recruit “significant change makers for the industry.” Last week, the company named a new Chief Product Officer, Adrian Nash, who joined from his position as Global Vice President and Head of Loyalty and Strategy for the SAP Customer Experience Group.