Chad Ho, Former Hulu Chief Legal Officer, Joins Travel Ticket Giant Saber

Saber Corp., a travel technology company facing antitrust litigation, has named former Hulu LLC attorney Chadwick Ho as chief legal officer.

Ho, who will join Saber next month, has spent more than a decade as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Hulu, the video-on-demand and streaming company control by the Walt Disney Co.

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

Ho was replaced on Hulu last year by the current Deputy Chief Counsel Angie Kang, according to a Disney spokeswoman. The Burbank, Calif.-based company has yet to name a replacement for its most recent role.

Ho did not respond to a request for comment. He said in a statement provided by Saber that he was excited to join the company as it seeks to “bring compelling innovation to the travel ecosystem and deliver greater value to customers and travelers.”

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

Ho succeeds former Saber chief legal officer Aimee Williams-Ramey, who in June was named top lawyer for amusement park operator Six Flags Entertainment Corp.

Competition issues

At Saber, Ho will be responsible for governance, business transactions, business affairs, litigation, government affairs and public policy.

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

Saber turned to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom to handle most of its competition business. Lead in-house counsel on these matters has been Jane Ann Neiswender, associate general counsel for litigation and technology at Saber, which is based in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, Texas.

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

Williams-Ramey, Saber’s former chief legal officer, also helped the company secure a $2.4 million settlement in 2020 with 27 US states on a data breach which exposed the owners behind approximately 1.3 million credit cards. Williams-Ramey became Saber’s top lawyer in 2017, replacing Rachel Gonzalez, who was promoted to executive director before her. later departure for Starbucks Corp.

In February, Disney unveiled potential compensation of $22 million for Gutierrez, its new chief legal officer, whom it hired as lead counsel for Spotify Technology SA. Gutierrez took over from longtime Disney general counsel Alan Braverman, who retired in January after receiving nearly $17 million in salary last year.

Herman C. Harkins