NAVIS announced travel industry veteran Felix Laboy has joined its board. Laboy joins an elite advisory team which includes Tom Gonser, founder of DocuSign, and Sanjay Dholakia, former Chief Marketing Officer of Marketo.
Felix Laboy has three decades of experience across a wide-ranging portfolio of leadership positions in the hotel, travel and technology industry. Most recently, he was CEO of WayBlazer, the world’s first artificial intelligence company for travel. Laboy also served as the first president and general manager of Sabre Hospitality Solutions, a leading Software as a Service technology company.
“Felix is a pioneer in the industry, and we are excited to welcome him to the NAVIS advisory board,” said NAVIS CEO Kyle Buehner. “Technology creates so many opportunities for hoteliers and vacation rental professionals to drive revenue while improving guest service. We’re excited to learn from Felix and benefit from his expertise, experience and global perspective as we continue to help our clients grow their businesses.”
Before leading Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Laboy was CEO and co-founder of E-site Marketing, one of the first hospitality Internet marketing companies in the world. He has advised many travel technology start-ups, consulted for private equity firms and taught at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. Laboy also held numerous executive positions at leading hotel companies including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Westin Hotels and Resorts, ANA Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels. In addition, he served as executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau.
“I have always admired NAVIS for its innovative products and services, and I am honored to join their board,” said Laboy. “I have tremendous respect for Kyle, his leadership team, and the other board members, and I look forward to working with them.”
Laboy also serves as an advisor to ALICE and is a member of the Cornell University Council, having graduated from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell.