Steve Barnhart is being named CEO and president of the Orbitz Worldwide division.
“I am pleased to announce that after seven months as president and CFO,
Steve Barnhart will continue to lead the Orbitz Worldwide organization as
CEO and president,” said Jeff Clarke, CEO and president of Travelport. “I
have worked closely with Steve since he took over Orbitz Worldwide in
September 2006, and have come to trust his solid judgment, his innovative
thinking, and his strong commitment to the people and growth of the Orbitz
Orbitz Worldwide, a leading on-line travel agency, includes a global
portfolio of brands, notably:
“I’m pleased to have been asked by Jeff Clarke and Travelport’s board
of directors to continue serving our customers, suppliers and employees,
now as CEO and president of Orbitz Worldwide,” said Steve Barnhart, CEO and
president of Orbitz Worldwide, a division of Travelport. “The success of
Orbitz Worldwide is a direct result of the company’s ability to attract,
empower, and retain great people and brilliant technologists. I’m honored
to continue to lead such an innovative and talented organization.”
Steve Barnhart, 45, joined Orbitz LLC in 2003 and was a key member of
the finance team that took the start-up company public. He was promoted to
CFO at the time of the Cendant acquisition in November 2004, and was named
president and CFO of Orbitz Worldwide, a division of Travelport, in
Prior to joining Orbitz LLC, Barnhart was director of finance for a
division of the Pepsi Bottling Group, an organization with over $1B in
revenue and 5000+ employees.
Orbitz Worldwide will appoint a new chief financial officer following
Steve Barnhart’s promotion and is hoping to complete the search within the
second quarter 2007.
The new CFO will join a senior leadership team that includes: Mike
Nelson - Chief Operating Officer for Consumer Travel, Randy Wagner - Chief
Marketing Officer, Bahman Koohestani - Chief Technology Officer, Dean
Sivley - Chief Operating Officer for Corporate Travel, Kathy Andreasen -
Chief Human Resources Officer, Karen Klein - Group Vice President, Legal,
and Frank Petito - Corporate Development Officer.