Axel Bench is appointed as Regional Director – Asia, and will be responsible for South Asia, North Asia and Southeast Asia. In conjunction with this appointment, the Sabre Airline Solutions business in the APAC region will be restructured into three regions: South Asia, North Asia and Southeast Asia led by Axel Bench, Pacific region and Japan led by Scott Barratt, Mainland China led by Peter Wu.
Axel joins Sabre with more than 25 years of experience in senior Sales and Account Management roles. Previously, he was the Global Sales Director for the Harris Aviation Solutions Group and has previously worked for such companies as Thales, ERA and Lufthansa Systems with a specific focus on Asia Pacific. He rejoins Sabre, after having spent two years with Sabre Airlines Solutions (2005-2007) as Account Director for the Pacific region in addition to having sales responsibilities in Asia for some of Sabre Airline Solutions products.
Clayton Grant has been appointed Senior Account Director for Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Clayton is an experienced Account Director who has been with Sabre for 4.5 years, and plays a key role in with several strategic clients such as Virgin Australia.
Clayton has an extensive first-hand airline industry experience gained from his 12 years employment at Virgin Australia. At Virgin, he started at the Reservations department and spent majority of his career in Commercial and Revenue Management positions, until eventually becoming Manager of Revenue Management Development. He has also recently completed studies in Aviation Management at Griffith University in Australia.
Axel’s and Clayton’s vast knowledge, strong experience in leadership, and expertise in the region with be a perfect addition to the APAC team to help serve the growing business in the region.