Chris Chiames

Chris has a proven track record of public relations leadership in a 25+ year career that has spanned political, association, non-profit, agency, and corporate assignments. He currently serves as vice president of public relations for Sabre Corporation, the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre’s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.  He joined Sabre in November 2015, after more than four years as vice president of corporate affairs for Orbitz Worldwide, one of the world’s leading online travel companies.

Prior to joining Orbitz, Chris spent nearly five years in the non-profit sector, specifically in the area of cardiac health. Most of that time was spent as Executive Director of the start-up Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, which had secured significant industry support to build a patient advocacy organization dedicated to broadening public awareness and patient knowledge about the nation’s leading cause of death. Tapping into Chris’ public relations background, the organization embarked on an aggressive traditional and online media strategy, working to quickly establish its expertise and impact. During Chris’ tenure, grassroots membership grew 600 percent, more than 50 local chapters and affiliates were chartered, and the fundraising base expanded from three initial corporate partners to nearly 50 foundation and industry underwriters.

Chris also served as chief executive of George Washington University’s Cardiovascular Institute where his duties included marketing, development/fundraising, and public relations programming to position the Institute as the market leader in cardiovascular care and education.  He previously held executive positions with US Airways, American Airlines and the global public relations agency Burson-Marsteller.

Chris holds a bachelor of arts in journalism / public relations from California State University, Fresno, a master of arts in journalism / political communication from the University of Maryland, and a master of public administration from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.