Troy Woods, president and chief operating officer of TSYS, has been a critical influence in the company's strategic decisions for the past two decades. Woods has been involved in directing the company's international expansion, strategic planning activities, negotiations with major clients, and the continual improvement of TS2, the company's core payments engine. Under Woods' leadership, the company has expanded to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Brazil and the Asia-Pacific.Woods started his career at Columbus Bank and Trust Company (Columbus, Ga.) in 1970, working part-time in the bankcard department and eventually becoming a vice president. He left the company in 1977 to become a senior vice president for consumer lending with AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Ala. He rejoined TSYS in 1987.Woods is a member of the TSYS Board of Directors, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the companies that comprise TSYS' Merchant Services Segment. Woods serves on the Board of Directors for several civic organizations as well, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus (Ga.), West Georgia Honor Flight and the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Columbus State University and the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia.Woods earned a bachelor's degree from Columbus State University (Columbus, Ga.), and also graduated from the University of Virginia's Graduate School of Retail Bank Management and Louisiana State University's School of Banking of the South.
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