CHICAGO, Feb. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW), one of the world's leading online travel companies, announced today the promotion of Chris Orton to the role of Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
Chris joined Orbitz Worldwide in 2010 as Chief Marketing Officer, and in 2011 was named President of Orbitz.com and CheapTickets, the Company's online travel agency brands in the United States.
As Chief Operating Officer Chris will have responsibility for all of the Orbitz Worldwide online travel agency brands worldwide including Orbitz.com, CheapTickets and ebookers, which operates in 12 countries across Europe.
"As we take advantage of our global platform to maximize the benefit of investments we're making in loyalty, mobile and advanced analytics, we're taking the opportunity to align leadership of our global online travel agency brands under Chris Orton as Chief Operating Officer," said Barney Harford, CEO, Orbitz Worldwide. "Since joining Orbitz Worldwide in July 2010 Chris has played a major role in guiding the company's strategic path, and I am delighted to be announcing his expanded role today."
Prior to joining Orbitz Chris was senior director of Internet marketing at eBay, Inc., responsible for the company's paid search, shopping comparison, search engine optimization, affiliates and display marketing channels. Chris joined eBay in 2003 after 8 years of CRM and ERP consulting at Kana Software, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting (Accenture). Chris has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of California, Davis.
About Orbitz Worldwide
Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE:OWW) is a leading global online travel company using technology to transform the way consumers around the world plan and purchase travel. Orbitz Worldwide operates the consumer travel planning sites Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), ebookers (www.ebookers.com), HotelClub (www.hotelclub.com) and CheapTickets (www.cheaptickets.com). Also within the Orbitz Worldwide family, Orbitz Partner Network (www.orbitz.com/OPN) delivers private label travel technology solutions to a broad range of partners including some of the world`s largest airlines and travel agencies, and Orbitz for Business (www.orbitzforbusiness.com) delivers managed travel solutions for companies of all sizes. Orbitz Worldwide makes investor relations information available at investors.orbitz.com.
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