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Illinois Technology Association Appoints Steve Barnhart to Board of Directors

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 (, CheapTickets (, ebookers (, discount hotels provider HotelClub (, late rate hotel specialists RatesToGo ( and the Away Network ( and corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business ( For more information on how your company can partner with Orbitz Worldwide, visit

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

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