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Worldspan Names Howard Kress Vice President, Consumer E-Commerce

Worldspan<.> announced the appointment of Howard Kress to the newly created position of…

Worldspan<.> announced the appointment of Howard Kress to the newly created position of vice president Consumer E-Commerce within the Company’s Worldwide Travel Distribution group.

In this new position, Kress will oversee all aspects of sales and marketing for Worldspan’s consumer e-commerce initiatives. Based in Atlanta, Kress will report to Mike Parks, senior vice president and general manager Worldwide Travel Distribution for Worldspan.

Howard’s unique understanding of the e-commerce travel environment, as well as his comprehensive knowledge of distribution strategies, make him the ideal person to lead Worldspan’s efforts, commented Parks. His combination of experiences will be instrumental in serving our current consumer e-commerce customers, and in establishing strategies for future market development.

Parks added, Our e-commerce team has worked hard to achieve our significant online leadership position, and we are proud of the results. Now it is time to invest even more in the important consumer e-commerce sector. We will maintain our leadership position, and grow the business aggressively as more opportunities are created.

Kress has more than twenty years of travel industry experience, including executive positions at both traditional and e-commerce travel distribution companies, and extensive skills in technology and customer service disciplines.

Kress joins Worldspan from Atinera Americas, where he served as Vice President of Sales. In that role, he had responsibility for sales and business development programs. Previously Kress held positions with Whiplash, Inc., SatoTravel, and Galileo International.

Kress earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.