COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - TSYS announced Monday June 23 that Philip W. Tomlinson has decided to retire as chief executive officer, and that M. Troy Woods has been elected by the TSYS board of directors as president and chief executive officer, effective July 31, 2014.
Tomlinson will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board of TSYS until the 2015 Annual Shareholders' Meeting.
"This year I celebrate my 40th anniversary with this great company and serving our customers and team members has been both my greatest honor and the opportunity of a lifetime," Tomlinson stated in his announcement.
Tomlinson joined Columbus Bank and Trust Company in 1974, and was part of the early credit card team becoming executive vice president of TSYS in 1983 when it was spun off as a public company and then elected its president in 1992. Over his tenure, TSYS won numerous awards for its ethical standards and service to the communities where it operates. Chief among the company's attributes which Tomlinson instilled in its culture are integrity and treating people right.
"Troy and I have worked together for 27 years," Tomlinson added. "This transition is the result of a carefully developed long-term succession plan and the passing of the torch will be seamless. Troy has the acumen, vision and energy needed to take TSYS further along its journey to be the leading global payments solutions provider."
Woods started his career at Columbus Bank and Trust Company in 1970, working part time in the bankcard department and eventually becoming a vice president. He left the company in 1977 to become senior vice president of consumer lending for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Woods rejoined TSYS in 1987 and directed the company's international expansion, strategic planning, major client negotiations and the company's launch of TS2.
Most recently, he guided the company's diversification strategy into faster growing areas of payments as TSYS moved beyond its roots as a third-party processor for bank issuers and merchant acquirers. This included the company's entry into the direct merchant acquiring business serving hundreds of thousands of businesses, while also becoming a leading prepaid services provider, supporting millions of underserved consumers who do not have access to traditional financial services.
Woods has been instrumental in nurturing a culture focused on service, relationships, excellence, innovation and growth. Woods is a champion of TSYS' clients and its team members, affectionately referred to by Tomlinson as TSYS' "Secret Sauce."
"I am honored by the vote of confidence from our board and supported by Phil's incredible legacy. It is a tremendous privilege to serve this great company and team members who are passionate about the business and totally committed to improve lives and businesses by putting people at the center of payments," said Woods.
TSYS' revenues were $2.1 billion at year-end 2013, operating in more than 80 countries with nearly 10,000 team members around the globe.
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At TSYS® (NYSE: TSS), we believe payments should revolve around people, not the other way around. We call this belief "People-Centered Payments®." By putting people at the center of every decision we make, TSYS supports financial institutions, businesses and governments in more than 80 countries. Through NetSpend®, A TSYS Company, we empower consumers with the convenience, security, and freedom to be self-banked. TSYS offers issuer services and merchant payment acceptance for credit, debit, prepaid, healthcare and business solutions.
TSYS' headquarters are located in Columbus, Ga., U.S.A., with local offices spread across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. TSYS is a member of The Civic 50 and was one of the 2013 World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere magazine. TSYS routinely posts all important information on its website. For more, please visit us at www.tsys.com.