CHICAGO, March 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW),
a leading global online travel company, today announced the appointment of its
CEO and president, Steve Barnhart, to the Board of Directors of the Illinois
Technology Association (ITA).
Mr. Barnhart joins the board as a leader of one of the larger Midwestern
technology organizations in Illinois. He has been with Chicago-based Orbitz
Worldwide since May 2003.
"Orbitz Worldwide wants to demonstrate leadership in the community by
helping to build a stronger, more connected technology industry in Chicago,"
said Steve Barnhart, CEO and president of Orbitz Worldwide. "I look forward to
collaborating with other business leaders through the Illinois Technology
Association as we build a competitive technology marketplace in this city."
"ITA is excited Steve Barnhart has joined the leadership of this
association," said Fred Hoch, president of ITA. "His strong ties to the
Chicago business community combined with his company's dedication to
technology make him and Orbitz Worldwide an ideal addition to our board."
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW) is a leading global online travel company
that uses innovative technology to enable leisure and business travelers to
research, plan and book a broad range of travel products. Orbitz Worldwide
owns and operates a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz
(http://www.orbitz.com/), CheapTickets (http://www.cheaptickets.com/),
ebookers (http://www.ebookers.com/), discount hotels provider HotelClub
(http://www.hotelclub.com/), late rate hotel specialists RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com/) and the Away Network (http://www.away.com/) and
corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business
(http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com/). For more information on how your
company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit http://corp.orbitz.com.
About the ITA
The Illinois Information Technology Association (ITA) was introduced in
early 2005 to reflect the expanded scope and vision of the Chicago Software
Association. The organization benefits its members by providing networking,
advocacy, resources and leadership to drive growth, development and retention
of IT-focused business and talent in Illinois. Providing a platform for
industry collaboration, the ITA has more than 400 member companies and is the
largest Midwest trade organization dedicated to fostering support for the IT
industry. Additional information is available at http://www.illinoistech.org/
Brian Hoyt of Orbitz Worldwide, +1-312-894-6890,