Worldspan has announced that Russ Newcomer, Worldspan vice
president - Worldwide Product Solutions, has been named a recipient of the
2007 CIO Ones to Watch Award from IDG’s CIO magazine and CIO Executive
Council.The prestigious honor is bestowed on 25 rising stars in
information technology (IT) who bring leadership, innovation and value to
their organizations and are primed to become future CIOs. Newcomer accepted
his award at the CIO Ones to Watch Award ceremony last night at The Hyatt
Huntington Beach in Huntington Beach, California.
“This recognition is a true reflection of the leadership and strategic
initiative Russ demonstrates. He exhibits creativity in developing new
technology tools and processes, with strategic focus on ROI and company
goals,” said Sue Powers, Worldspan chief information officer and senior
vice president. “Russ is highly respected throughout our organization and
by our constituents in the travel industry, and he strives to deliver
measurable value in everything he does.”
“Today’s CIOs have pioneered our information-based economy. The
leadership requirements for tomorrow’s CIOs will be even more demanding.
This award recognizes those who have what it takes to make that leap,” said
Abbie Lundberg, CIO editor in chief.
All Ones to Watch honorees must be nominated or endorsed by a CIO.
Nominations were submitted in October and November 2006, and reviewed by a
judging panel of 31 leading CIOs.
With Worldspan since 1990, Newcomer was appointed vice president -
Worldwide Product Solutions in 2002. He is responsible for defining and
implementing strategic direction for Worldspan’s internationally renowned
global fares and pricing solutions, and also Worldspan’s global flight
schedules and availability system. His areas of responsibility within fares
and pricing include Worldspan e-Pricing(R), the travel industry leader in
low- fare shopping technology, Worldspan Rapid Reprice(R), the industry’s
first automated airline ticket repricing tool, and Worldspan SecuRate
Air(R) Plus, a leader in Web-based negotiated rates management. Newcomer
also oversees product development supporting Worldspan’s airline hosting
and subscription services, as well as the Worldspan Intellicache(SM)
product suite, a collection of exclusive, intelligent caching and
availability solutions that support global airline shopping.