2 years ago

WayBlazer brings in industry heavy hitter as permanent CEO

From an industry giant to a newbie – former president of Sabre Hospitality, Felix Laboy, has been appointed CEO of new kid on the block, Wayblazer.

The company has started to catch the attention of the industry after it launched last year (TLabs here) with a promise of using natural language to answer difficult travel questions (in other words, one which cannot be easily fit into standard search boxes).

It is also one of the first travel companies to use the IBM Watson technology to power the trip planning service.

Founder of Travelocity, Terry Jones, is part credited with coming up with the idea of Wayblazer.

Laboy, who replaces acting CEO Manoj Saxena, left Sabre in May 2013 after four years as president and general manager of its Hospitality division to work as a consultant.

Saxena was keeping the big chair warm following its launch under the wing of his early stage investment fund, The Entrepreneurs’ Fund.

Sabre bought Laboy’s previous company, E-Site Marketing, in 2007 (a business he created in 1999).

Jones says:

“Felix’s strong track record in building and scaling travel businesses along with his deep travel experience is just the right mix to lead our company forward.”


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Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin is senior editor and a co-founder at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.

He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and publishes his first book - a biography about Depeche Mode - in 2017.



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