Ellen Keszler

Clear Sky Associates

2020 Phocuswright Conference speaker

Ellen Keszler CEO
Ellen L. Keszler serves as CEO of Clear Sky Associates, a strategy consulting firm focused on the technology and travel industries. She serves on the board, audit committee and nominating/ governance committee of Pros Holdings (NYSE PROS), a SAAS revenue and profit realization company. She is also on the board of four private technology companies: Farelogix, a travel distribution company; Sojern, the leading data-driven traveler engagement platform; ID90 Travel, an airline employee travel technology provider; and RouteHappy, the product differentiation platform for air travel. She also serves on the advisory board of five technology start-up companies. She was named to the Skift30 as one of the 30 top movers and shakers in online travel.

Previously, Ellen was president of Travelocity Business, launching this online oriented corporate travel business in 2003 and growing it to over $30 million in revenue in less than four years, with operations in the US and UK. Prior to that, she led the North American division of Sabre Travel Network, a $1B revenue business. In these leadership roles she had responsibility for sales, account management, software product management, marketing and operations for Sabre’s global distribution business, and corporate travel agency businesses.

The first thirteen years of Ellen’s career were spent in a variety of finance functions at JCPenney, American Airlines and Sabre Holdings. These functions included financial planning, strategic analysis, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, as well as financial operations.

She is a lifetime member of the Advisory Council of the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She served for eight years on the board North Texas Public Broadcasting, chairing the finance committee and serving on the Executive Committee for four years. She served on the board of Trustees of Preston Hollow Presbyterian School for 6 years, including as Vice President. She was on the board of the National Business Travel Association Foundation for three years and served for two years as its chair, and has served several terms on the Business Travel News Advisory Board. She has twice served as a mentor at Menttium, an organization dedicated to improving professional performance of high potential female executives through mentoring.

Ellen received her B.S. in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.