Travelport has appointed a new integrated
management team to lead its GDS business. Headquartered in Langley, UK, and operating across 145 countries, Travelport’s GDS business
comprises the Galileo and Worldspan businesses; Shepherd Systems, an expert in the field of providing business and marketing
intelligence to the travel industry; aiRES, the next generation server based internal airline IT product suite; and THOR, a provider
of distribution and marketing services to travel-related companies.
“Bringing together Galileo, Worldspan, Shepherd Systems, aiRES and THOR under one umbrella signifies the evolution of the Travel
Services Industry and allows us to become a more effective and efficient partner to next generation and existing airline carriers as well as
traditional and online travel agencies,” said Jeff Clarke, president and CEO of Travelport Limited. “The Travelport GDS business
represents a new world of options in travel distribution services, with configurable and scalable solutions that empower our customers to
provide first class support to travelers on a global platform.”
Gordon Wilson will head the GDS business as president and CEO, with a new senior management team of executives from both Galileo and
The Travelport GDS business senior leadership team includes:
Emery, Chief Financial Officer, based in Langley,
UK, will serve as CFO of the GDS business. Philip has been CFO of the
Galileo GDS since September 2006. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of financial and statutory accounting, financial planning and
analysis, financial systems and procurement globally. Before joining Travelport in 2006, Emery worked as an Entrepreneur in Residence
with Warburg Pincus.
Mooney, Chief Commercial Officer, based in Atlanta,
USA, will head the GDS business’s commercial operations, encompassing all travel agency and supplier customer facing activities, including Airline IT services. Mooney has been the CFO of
Worldspan for the past two and a half years. He previously held executive positions with leading telecommunications company Cincinnati
Bell, Inc. (NYSE: CBB), formerly known as Broadwing, Inc.
Powers, Chief Information Officer, based in Atlanta,
USA, will serve as CIO of the GDS business having held the position of
CIO of Worldspan for the last five years. Powers started her career at Apollo and has held a number of roles in product development,
marketing and commercial development. Prior to joining Worldspan, she held executive positions with major global corporations in the
travel and transportation industries, including Northwest Airlines.
Woodcock, Senior Vice-President, New Business Incubation, based in Denver,
USA, will be taking up a new portfolio of new business incubation for the GDS business as the head of a newly established dedicated team. Woodcock joined the Galileo GDS
team in January 2006 as CIO for the global Galileo business. Previously, he was the CIO for Travelport’s Business Group in EMEA, Asia &
Pacific, responsible for overseeing the Technology Infrastructure and Internal Business Systems.
Lauderdale, Chief Technology Officer, based in Atlanta,
USA, will head the CTO function for the GDS business, adding Galileo to his existing responsibilities at Worldspan. Lauderdale joined Worldspan in 1991 and has been CTO for the past five years.
Before joining Worldspan, he served as manager of Technical Services for the PARS Service Partnership.
Ostrowski, General Counsel, based in Langley,
UK, will head the legal function for the GDS business and is responsible
for all legal matters globally. Ostrowski joined Galileo in 2001 and has held the role of General Counsel since January 2007. Before joining
Galileo, he was an associate in the Corporate Finance department at Richards Butler and at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in London.
Golding, Senior Vice-President, Human Resources, based in Langley,
UK, will head the Human Resources for the GDS business and is responsible for the attraction, development and retention of talent; employee engagement and organization design and
development globally. Golding joined Galileo in 2002. Before joining Travelport, she held a number of senior international HR roles including
HR Director of Chordiant Software, a US based CRM enterprise software provider and Head of HR at Kingfisher Plc, the UK based
Coggin, Vice-Chairman, Travelport GDS, based in Atlanta,
USA, will act as an advisor and key ambassador for the GDS business across the industry, focusing in particular on the global airline community. Coggin joined Cendant in 2002 and held positions as
Vice Chairman of Galileo and Vice Chairman of Travelport Airline Services.
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