Orbitz CEO Barney Harford to speak to The Executives' Club

Apr 30, 2012, 11:09 ET from The Executives' Club of Chicago

CHICAGO, April 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 2nd Orbitz CEO Barney Harford will speak about big data, mobile and the travel industry before an expected audience of several hundred business leaders at an Executives' Club of Chicago breakfast.

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Orbitz was one of the first e-commerce technology companies to come to Chicago when it was founded in 2000.  It employs nearly 800 people in its West Loop headquarters and more than 1400 people worldwide. 

A known entity in the travel world, Orbitz is less known for its tremendous capacity to store and analyze data. 

Harford will discuss how the company is using its roots in technology leadership to identify travel trends and consumer preferences.

Among the top travel trends, mobile commerce is expected to nearly double in the U.S. next year and many of those mobile consumers will be on-the-go travelers, Orbitz forecasts.

What are the hot destinations in 2012?  Chicago is projected to be among the top this year according to the Orbitz "Look Back, Look Ahead" Insider Index, which looks at travel trends for the year ahead.

Michael Krauss, President of Market Strategy Group and a member of The Executives' Club's Technology Committee, will moderate the breakfast.

Deloitte is the platinum series sponsor of The Executives' Club's CEO Breakfast series. 

"Deloitte is proud to complete its ninth season as a sponsor of this important forum that plays a valuable role in our business community and provides us with insight into the experiences of Chicago's leading corporate executives," said Deb DeHaas, vice chairman and Central region managing partner for Deloitte LLP. "It is this type of information that demonstrates the unparalleled impact of the Executives' Club. Because of this value, Deloitte remains a committed sponsor of the CEO Breakfast Series."

For more information or for tickets, visit http://centennial.executivesclub.org or call The Executives' Club at 312-263-3500.

Event detailsWednesday, May 2. Registration: 7:30 a.m. - Presentation: 8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
The Palmer House, 17 E. Monroe, Grand Ballroom-4th Floor

About The Executives' Club of Chicago
The Executives' Club of Chicago is a forum for business, civic, and academic leaders to exchange best practices.  Founded in 1911, the Club is one of the oldest and most respected business organizations in the Midwest. The Club serves the community by providing resources needed to establish effective global partnerships, enhance intellectual exchange, develop future diverse business leaders and promote Chicago as a world class business center.

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