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Eric Garcia of Sabre Joins OASIS Board of Directors

Boston, MA, USA. January 3, 2000.

OASIS, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, welcomed Eric Garcia to the Consortium's board of directors. Garcia is vice president of planning and communications in the strategic architecture department for Sabre, the IT leader for the travel and transportation industries. Working with fellow board members, Bill Smith (Sun Microsystems), Jon Parsons (Xyvision Enterprise Solutions), Alan Hester (Xerox), Robert S. Sutor (IBM), Norbert H. Mikula (DataChannel), Mary McRae (DMSi) and Simon Nicholson (Sun Microsystems), Garcia will provide leadership for OASIS work on interoperability including and ebXML.

"As a representative of Sabre, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in OASIS at the board level," commented Garcia. "The Consortium plays a valuable role in promoting XML interoperability and preventing fragmentation of the standard by providing an open, vendor-neutral forum. I am particularly excited by the work of, the industry portal and clearinghouse for XML information and schemas and by ebXML, the joint initiative between OASIS and the UN/CEFACT for the global exchange of electronic business data."

"Eric's expertise at Sabre, which is investing heavily in XML for travel industry applications, will be extremely useful to OASIS," said Bill Smith, president of the OASIS board of directors. "His leadership will be much appreciated as OASIS moves forward with the most challenging technical work of its history."

At Sabre, Garcia is responsible for planning the company's technology strategy and communicating the strategy both internally and externally to current and prospective customers. His responsibilities also include aligning the company's technology and business strategies and coordinating the organizational development and process management. Prior to Sabre, Garcia was a senior consultant of operations research for American Airlines Decision Technologies. Garcia holds a master's degree in business administration in operations management and quantitative methods from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of the Philippines.


OASIS ( is a non-profit, international consortium dedicated solely to product-independent data and content interchange. Focusing on product interoperability, OASIS embraces the complete spectrum of structured information standards including XML, SGML and CGM. OASIS sponsors include Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND-USA, Arbortext, Bentley Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, CommerceNet, Corel, DataChannel, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, Extricity Software, GCA, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interleaf, Interwoven, ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion Association, NIST, Object Design, Object Management Group (OMG), Open Applications Group, Oracle, ProNet Technology Partners, Reed Technology, Reuters, Sabre, Sequoia Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems, Synthbank, Wavo, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.

About ( is a self-supporting community resource designed to provide a credible source of accurate, timely information about the application of XML in industrial and commercial settings. Hosted by OASIS, the world's leading independent organization for the standardization of XML applications in electronic commerce, serves as a reference for XML DTDs, schemas and related information. Sponsors of include: Commerce One, DataChannel, Documentum, GCA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SoftQuad and Sun Microsystems.

About Sabre

Sabre is the global leader in applying information technology to meet the needs of the travel and transportation industries with advanced and innovative technology skills to deliver progressive solutions. Headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, the company has more than 10,000 employees worldwide who span 45 countries. Sabre reported 1998 revenues of $2.3 billion, up 29 percent from 1997. Net earnings were $232 million, up 16 percent from the prior year. More information on Sabre is available on the World Wide Web at Sabre and the Sabre logo are registered trademarks of an affiliate of Sabre Inc.

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
Tel: +1.412.963.1479

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