Travelport GDS, a global distribution system (GDS) provider that operates both the Galileo and Worldspan platforms, has named Mark P. Ryan as its new chief information officer (CIO). Ryan will have global responsibility for formulating and executing the company’s technology strategy, including software solutions and applications development.
Ryan leads a team of more than 500 Travelport technology professionals worldwide with development hubs located in Atlanta, Denver, Kansas City and Langley, UK. He also oversees Travelport’s joint venture technology operation in Delhi, India as well as managing an additional 1,000 development staff through relationships with application partners and service providers in Asia, North America and Europe. Ryan is based in Atlanta and reports to Travelport GDS President and CEO Gordon Wilson.
“Mark Ryan brings vast experience to Travelport, having worked in demanding technology leadership roles at Matria Healthcare, eBay, weather.com, Vodafone and IBM,” commented Gordon Wilson, president and CEO, Travelport GDS. “Mark is a ‘hands-on’ leader with a strong track record in establishing technology strategy and governance, combined with exemplary process and operational execution. I’m excited about the insight into alternative technologies that Mark will bring to Travelport’s solutions portfolio and his unique perspective on delivering content to optimise the consumer experience.”
Most recently, Ryan served as senior vice president and CIO of Atlanta-based Matria Healthcare. Ryan has also served as chief technology officer for eBay. Ryan spent 18 years with IBM prior to joining eBay and was an executive-on-loan to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games in the role of chief integration architect. Ryan succeeds Keith Woodcock who now returns full time to his role as senior vice president, New Business Development.