CHICAGO and LONDON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW) today announced the appointment of Tamer Tamar as President, ebookers ( http://www.ebookers.com ), effective July 30, 2009. Previously Tamer was vice president of Europe and Middle East (EMEA) distribution for Expedia. Tamer will replace Alan Josephs, who is resigning his position within the company to pursue another professional opportunity. Alan will remain with the company through July to ensure a smooth transition.
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"The European market represents a significant growth opportunity for Orbitz Worldwide, and with the migration to the global platform behind us, ebookers is well positioned to be a strong European online travel player and an important part of the Orbitz Worldwide portfolio," said Barney Harford, President and CEO, Orbitz Worldwide. "Tamer Tamar's deep strategic insight combined with his extensive experience in the European online travel industry positions him very well to take the helm of ebookers. I'm excited by the opportunity to work with Tamer and the ebookers team to develop our business serving customers across Europe."
"I also want to take the opportunity to thank Alan Josephs most warmly for his significant contributions to ebookers. We wish him well in his future endeavours," continued Harford.
"ebookers has considerable opportunity for growth in Europe and I am thrilled to be taking on this new role. I am confident that with a strong technology platform and the global footprint of parent Orbitz Worldwide, ebookers has the potential to deliver meaningful innovation to consumers in Europe," said Tamer Tamar, incoming President, ebookers. "ebookers has a strong team in place today, and the organization's recent success in completing the migration to a common platform positions ebookers very well for the future."
Tamer joined Expedia in 2004, serving in a variety of roles including managing Expedia's EMEA car businesses, leading Expedia's strategy and corporate development function for the EMEA region, and heading up the Expedia UK business. Prior to joining Expedia, Tamer worked at as a management consultant for Monitor Company and A.T. Kearney. Tamer holds a M.B.A. from MIT's Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
ebookers ( www.ebookers.com ) is a leading pan-European online travel company specializing in worldwide travel. ebookers offers a wide range of travel products for booking including a choice of over 250 airlines, more than 86,000 hotels, holidays, car hire and insurance. ebookers is a brand owned by Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW - News ), a leading global online travel company. ebookers prides itself in its passion for travel and in offering a compelling customer experience. Headquartered in London, ebookers operates the websites http://www.ebookers.com , http://www.ebookers.ie , http://www.ebookers.fr , http://www.ebookers.nl , http://www.ebookers.ch , http://www.ebookers.de , http://www.ebookers.be , http://www.ebookers.at , http://www.ebookers.no , http://www.ebookers.fi , http://www.mrjet.dk and http://www.mrjet.se .
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 a portfolio of consumer brands that includes Orbitz ( www.orbitz.com ), CheapTickets ( www.cheaptickets.com ), ebookers ( www.ebookers.com ), HotelClub ( www.hotelclub.com ), RatesToGo ( www.ratestogo.com ), the Away Network ( www.away.com ) and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business ( www.orbitzforbusiness.com ). For more information on partnership opportunities with Orbitz Worldwide, visit http://corp.orbitz.com .
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