Worldspan announced the formation of a new corporate division, Worldwide Product Solutions.
Sue Powers, head of the company`s highly successful travel e-commerce enterprise, has been tapped to lead the new product development group.
Under Powers` guidance, Worldwide Product Solutions will merge all phases of Worldspan product line development from concept to rollout, delivering timely, innovative technology focused on the needs of the marketplace. Listening first and always to the customer, Powers and her team will deliver technology that serves the entire spectrum of Worldspan`s global market, including travel agencies, Internet-based travel sites, airlines and other travel suppliers, and corporations worldwide.
Powers is recognized for championing Worldspan`s focus on Internet-based travel solutions and influencing the company`s success in e-commerce. Early in the Internet`s evolution, Powers assessed the advantages the Internet brought to travel distribution, and encouraged the development of Worldspan products to leverage those benefits. Through her guidance, Worldspan has been able to deliver a series of winning, `first to market` Internet-based products and processes.
In her new post, Powers has overall responsibility for Worldspan`s product line strategy and product delivery for Worldspan`s worldwide customers. Her focus includes making build-versus-buy decisions, maximizing technology partnerships, and developing and delivering products that support the company`s business units and capitalize on emerging market opportunities.
Previously, as senior vice president - Worldwide E-Commerce, Powers was responsible for developing Worldspan`s leadership role in the e-commerce travel distribution business. Prior to that, she served as vice president - Sales and Marketing, responsible for all sales and marketing functions for Worldspan travel agencies in the Americas, as well as worldwide marketing relationships with airline, hotel, car rental and travel supplier customer groups. Powers joined Worldspan in 1993 as vice president - Product Marketing