Total System Services, Inc. Friday announced the promotion of Kenneth Tye, from Senior Vice President to Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. In his new role, Tye will report to TSYS President Philip W. Tomlinson and will be responsible for all aspects of technical operations and programming.
A 28-year TSYS veteran, Tye has played a major role in shaping the Company’s technology initiatives and innovations. Most notably, Tye led the 200-person team responsible for building TS2(R), the industry’s most technologically advanced payments processing system built in the mid ’90s.
TSYS Chairman and CEO Richard W. Ussery said, “Ken has distinguished himself as a leader who has consistently produced superior results. His wealth of knowledge and expertise along with efficiencies we will realize by combining operations and programming under one individual will continue to help us thrive in this fiercely competitive marketplace. One of Tye’s responsibilities will be to continue to tune the TS2 software to lower our operating costs in 2000 and beyond. We’re proud to add him to the Total System executive team.”
Tye has held numerous leadership positions throughout the Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) family of companies. In 1971, Tye joined Columbus Bank and Trust Company (CB&T) as an assistant computer operator in the Data Processing division. He later joined TSYS and has held numerous positions including assistant systems officer, assistant vice president and systems officer, vice president and systems officer, and senior vice president, director of management information systems
A 1971 graduate of Columbus Technical Institute, Tye received his degree in data processing. A past vice president of the Data Processing Management Association, Tye has also served on the Columbus Area Vocational Technical School Board, the Columbus State University Advisory Board, the MasterCard Technical Advisory Group and the Visa Development Advisory Committee.
TSYS is one of the world’s leading information technology processors of data, transactions and payments for domestic and international issuers of credit, debit, commercial and private-label cards. TSYS’ sophisticated systems offer online accounting, data processing, electronic commerce services, portfolio management, account acquisition, credit evaluation, risk management and customer service. Through their family of companies, TSYS services the entire lifecycle of card accounts and processes more than 194.6 million accounts, making it possible for an estimated 272 million cardholders to use their cards any time, anywhere. Headquartered in Columbus, Ga., TSYS ([http://www.totalsystem.com] ) is an 80.8 percent owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp. ([http://www.synovus.com]) named the Best Company to Work for in America by FORTUNE magazine.