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Continental Airlines Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner addresses a press conference announcing his company's intent to purchase two additional extended range Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on July 28, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (credit: Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

Continental Airlines Chairman and CEO Larry Kellner addresses a press conference announcing his company’s intent to purchase two additional extended range Boeing 777-200ER aircraft on July 28, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (credit: Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

SOUTHLAKE (AP) - Ex-Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner will become chairman of Sabre Holdings.

The announcement came Wednesday from Southlake-based Sabre, which owns Travelocity.

Sabre separated the roles of CEO and chairman when Tom Klein became CEO last month, replacing Sam Gilliland — who remained on the board.

Kellner was chief financial officer, president, chief operating officer and finally chairman and CEO at Continental when the carrier was based in Houston. He left in 2009 to join a private equity firm. Continental was acquired by United Airlines the following year.

Sabre originated as the technology division of Fort Worth-based American Airlines and was spun off in 2000. Equity firms TPG and Silver Lake Partners took it private in 2007.

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