John Hanson, vice president, Corporate Services in Sabre’s Technology organization was recently selected as one of ComputerWorld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2014! This is the 15th year that ComputerWorld has released its top 100 IT Leaders list. The awards program serves as a great platform to spotlight technology and business leaders from a broad range of organizations.

As the chairperson for Sabre’s Give Time Together (GTT) Global Employee Volunteer Week, John was recognized for his innovative approach to drive greater employee involvement in GTT. Drawing inspiration from the QlikView applications that Sabre creates for its customers, John developed an app that allows executives to access the following:

  • Real-time employee sign-up data
  • Percentage of employees in differing organizations who signed up for Sabre’s GTT events
  • A competitive rank that shows how each organization was performing against others in the company

These insights allowed Sabre executives to fundamentally change the effectiveness of the campaign while helping embed more discipline around data entry in the system. As a result, an increase in our employee participation topped previous years’ records with over half of Sabre’s global employee base participating in more than 450 events in 31 countries (50% increase over last year’s participation), which is significantly higher than the global average volunteer rate of 30%, as reported by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

In addition, the number of volunteer hours leapt from 24,000 in 2012 to more than 35,000 in 2013. The increase in participation enabled Sabre to “do more good” than ever. Employees built houses, cleaned schools, ran workshops about Internet safety, and packed thousands of meals for hungry school children.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as one of Computerworld’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2014. But I think it’s a testament to the team we have in corporate systems who are always ready to jump in behind the scenes to solve problems, to innovate, and to help Sabre run better.  Despite the critically important nature of what our team does, a lot of it is behind the scenes so it has a tendency to go unnoticed, so it’s nice when we get the opportunity to have a more “high profile” impact and deliver a great business result.  I’m also extremely proud of what we do across Sabre and within the Product and Technology Organization, so it’s great to drive a little bit of recognition to the technology organization and to the company overall.” John Hanson, Sabre VP of Corporate Systems