Sue Powers named CIO of the Year

The Georgia CIO Leadership Association
(GCLA) has awarded its 2006 Global CIO of the Year Award to Sue Powers,
chief information officer and senior vice president of Worldspan. This premier annual executive recognition
program honors CIOs or executives in equivalent positions in Georgia who
are top innovators in technology, and have demonstrated excellence in
managing their organization’s enterprise-wide information systems.
  “All of us at Worldspan congratulate Sue on this terrific recognition.
The award is a true reflection of her leadership abilities and the
capabilities of her team,” said Rakesh Gangwal, Worldspan chairman,
president and chief executive officer.
  “Sue Powers personifies leadership and innovation in technology,” said
Bart Wood, former CIO of Georgia Power and 2006 Chairman of the Georgia CIO
Leadership Advisory Board. “We are proud to honor Sue with this award,
which signifies her outstanding talent and is also a very positive
reflection on her global technical team.”
  Powers guides Worldspan’s product line strategy and product delivery
for customers globally, including airlines and other travel suppliers that
participate in the Worldspan global distribution system (GDS), as well as
travel agencies, Web sites and corporations that rely on the Worldspan GDS
and technologies. Powers leads a team of seven direct reports and over 600
professionals in the company’s Worldwide Product Solutions division, which
operates in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and
  Powers’ extensive career in travel IT and marketing includes executive
positions with major global corporations in the travel and transportation
industries, including Northwest Airlines. Since joining Worldspan in 1993,
Powers has been a multiple-time award recipient in the business and travel
technology communities. She and her technical teams have made substantial
contributions to Worldspan customers and the travel industry worldwide,
including groundbreaking advancements in global travel e-commerce, for
which Worldspan has served as the industry leader for approximately 11
years, as well as numerous industry-first developments in global fares and
pricing technology.