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Former Hulu Legal Chief Chad Ho Joins Travel Ticket Giant Sabre

Aug. 8, 2022, 7:36 PM

Sabre Corp., a travel technology company facing antitrust litigation, has appointed Hulu LLC’s former top lawyer Chadwick Ho as its new chief legal officer.

Ho, who will join Sabre next month, spent more than a decade as general counsel and corporate secretary for Hulu, the on-demand video and streaming media company controlled by the Walt Disney Co.

He most recently oversaw legal matters for Disney-owned television networks and streaming media services, such as ABC, ESPN, FX, Freeform, National Geographic, and the Disney Channel, as well as ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu. Ho departs some six months after Disney tapped Horacio Gutierrez to be its new chief legal officer.

Ho was succeeded at Hulu last year by current deputy chief counsel Angie Kang, according to a Disney spokeswoman. The Burbank, Calif.-based company has yet to name a replacement for his most recent role.

Ho didn’t respond to a request for comment. He said in a statement provided by Sabre that he’s excited to join the company as it looks to “deliver compelling innovation to the travel ecosystem and deliver more value to customers and travelers.”

Sabre said its new legal chief brings with him 20 years of expertise in advising technology companies in connection with “their strategy, operations, products, and services.” The company noted that Ho helped Hulu “grow the business from a pre-revenue stage to its current success.”

Ho takes over from former Sabre legal chief Aimee Williams-Ramey, who in June was named the top lawyer for amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Competition Concerns

At Sabre, Ho will have responsibility for governance, business transactions, commercial matters, litigation, government affairs, and public policy.

The company has faced litigation in US federal courts over its alleged monopoly on ticketing transactions. Sabre in 2020 scrapped a planned $360 million acquisition of airline booking rival Farelogix Inc. due to antitrust opposition.

Sabre has turned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to handle most of its antitrust-related cases. The lead in-house lawyer on those matters has been Jane Ann Neiswender, an associate general counsel for litigation and technology at Sabre, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, Texas.

In May, American Airlines Group Inc. prevailed in an 11-year civil lawsuit against Sabre but was awarded just $1 in damages by a New York jury.

Williams-Ramey, Sabre’s former legal chief, also helped the company secure a $2.4 million settlement in 2020 with 27 US states over a data breach that exposed the owners behind roughly 1.3 million credit cards. Williams-Ramey became Sabre’s top lawyer in 2017, replacing Rachel Gonzalez, who was promoted to chief administrative officer ahead of her subsequent departure for Starbucks Corp.

In February, Disney disclosed a potential $22 million compensation package for Gutierrez, its new legal chief, whom it hired from his role as the top lawyer for Spotify Technology SA. Gutierrez succeeded Disney’s longtime general counsel Alan Braverman, who retired in January after receiving nearly $17 million in pay last year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Baxter in New York at bbaxter@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com