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Executive Appointments at Pegasus Solutions

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Pegasus Solutions has made the following executive appointments. Mr. Mark Peacock has been named as chief information officer (CIO), Ric Leutwyler as chief operating officer (COO), Steve Lapekas as executive vice president of corporate business development, and Aaron Shepherd as Pegasus Fellow. Additionally, the company has appointed Connie Rheams to senior vice president of strategic sales and Mike Montemurro to vice president of CRS product management.

“My time as CEO of Pegasus, and before that as COO, has been marked by a strong commitment to product innovation in the areas where Pegasus is soundly the global market leader – distribution, financial services, reservations technology and hotel representation. We have also focused on the development, introduction and implementation of next generation solutions like our award-winning central reservation system, RezView NG; our business intelligence offering; and web services through Milestone Internet Marketing,” said Mike Kistner, president, chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of the board of Pegasus Solutions. “With our strong operational leadership, solid strategic contributors and well-respected industry veterans who understand the evolving needs of the industry and our customers’ business needs, we ensure the next generation of Pegasus maintains our leadership position – across the board – in solving the business technology needs of hotels and travel distributors.”

Peacock will assume full responsibility for information technology (IT), including areas such as development, enterprise services, quality assurance, architecture, infrastructure and more. He comes to Pegasus with more than 20 years of hands-on experience optimizing company investments in IT, most recently in the IT Effectiveness practice at Archstone Consulting, a consulting firm he helped found in 2003.

Former CIO Aaron Shepherd will assume the role of Pegasus Fellow, with a focus on the strategic evolution of Pegasus’ next generation CRS, RezView NG, while working closely with both Kistner and Lapekas on strategic growth and continued industry innovation. Lapekas, another noted industry IT talent, will assume a lead role in managing complex and significant business development and product positioning initiatives, such as Pegasus’ recent agreement with HP.

Leutwyler expands his current role as chief marketing officer (CMO) managing all product, sales, customer care and marketing, to also now include, as COO, responsibility for strategic planning and continuous process improvement. He will also continue to serve as president of Pegasus’ leading hotel marketing, sales and representation service, Utell Hotels & Resorts.

Rheams assumes leadership of the team focused on mid to large-size sales of RezView NG. She previously served with AltiusPAR as general manager with responsibility for U.S. operations and global sales, account management, marketing and business development. She also was president of TRUST International, Inc., and for 14 years with American Airlines and Sabre in various management positions.

Montemurro will lead the CRS product team, focusing on strategic planning and market positioning of RezView NG. He joins Pegasus from TravelCLICK, where he most recently was responsible for developing and implementing product strategy in the company’s CRS and distribution business.

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