CHICAGO, July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orbitz Worldwide (NYSE: OWW), a
leading global online travel company, today announced the appointment of
William Cobb to its board of directors. Mr. Cobb has also been appointed to
serve as a member of the audit and compensation committees of the board.
Mr. Cobb most recently served as the president of eBay North America.
Since 2000, Mr. Cobb has held several senior management positions at eBay
Inc., including senior vice president and general manager of eBay
International and senior vice president of global marketing. He previously
held a number of key positions at PepsiCo within its Tricon Global
Restaurants(1) (now known as YUM! Brands, Inc.), Frito Lay and Pepsi-Cola
"The appointment of Bill Cobb to the board of directors exemplifies our
commitment to finding the most qualified and experienced leadership that will
continue to provide guidance to the management at Orbitz Worldwide," said Jeff
Clarke, chairman, Orbitz Worldwide. "His extensive experience within the
Internet sector will bolster the capabilities of our already very talented
"Orbitz Worldwide will benefit from Bill's experience, characterized by
his success in marketing, management and business development for some of the
most prominent consumer brands in our global economy," said Steve Barnhart,
President and CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. "As Orbitz Worldwide continues to
diversify our business and grow internationally, I look forward to benefiting
from Bill's advice and counsel."
Mr. Cobb's appointment fulfills Orbitz Worldwide's obligation under the
rules of the New York Stock Exchange to appoint a third independent director
to the company's audit committee.
Mr. Cobb serves on the advisory board of the Kellogg School of Management
at Northwestern University and is also a member of the board of directors for
the non-profit Bay Harbor Foundation.
Mr. Cobb holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School
of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from
the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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), HotelClub (http://www.hotelclub.com), RatesToGo
(http://www.ratestogo.com), the Away Network (http://www.away.com), and
corporate travel brand Orbitz for Business (http://www.orbitzforbusiness.com).
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(1) In 1997, PepsiCo spun off its Tricon Global Restaurant division. The
businesses comprising this division were renamed YUM! Brands after the
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