Wheels Up announces Tom Klein to join board of directors

Tom Klein, Senior Managing Director of Certares Management

Wheels Up Experience Inc. today announced that Tom Klein, Senior Managing Director of Certares Management LLC, joined its Board of Directors, effective March 1.

Mr. Klein fills the unexpired term of former Certares executive Jeffrey Nedelman, who is stepping down to focus on other commitments.

Mr. Klein is expected to stand for election to a full term on the Board at the company’s 2025 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

He will also fill Nedelman’s role on the Board’s Nominating and ESG Committee.

George Mattson, Wheels Up CEO said: “We are thrilled to add someone with Tom’s extensive global aviation, travel and hospitality background to our Board of Directors.

“Tom brings a unique perspective and decades of experience in the travel sector.

“I’d also like to thank Jeff for his time and service to the Board and Wheels Up. We wish him all the best and know he will remain a member of the Wheels Up family.”

Mr. Klein currently serves as Senior Managing Director of Certares, a role which he has held since September 2018.

Prior to joining Certares, Mr. Klein was Chief Executive Officer and President of Sabre Corporation, the parent company of, from August 2013 until June 2016, and previously held various executive positions at Sabre, including as President, Executive Vice President and both domestic and international Senior Vice President.

Mr. Klein led the initial public offering of Sabre in 2014. Prior to joining Sabre, he held various management positions at American Airlines and Consolidated Freightways and has spent 29 years as an operator in the travel sector.

Mr. Klein was also appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Board of Directors of Brand USA in 2010 and continued his service, including as Chairman, until 2017. He also served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa.

Adam Zirkin, Wheels Up Chairman said: “With Tom’s considerable experience, Wheels Up is well-equipped to strengthen its position as a leading global aviation solutions provider.

“I’m excited to have Tom join the Board and work with a strong management team on this unique opportunity to shape the next chapter for the company.”