Longtime TSYS executive William A. Pruett will retire early next year, after which the company plans to consolidate its North America and International services operations into a single, new unit called the Issuer Solutions Segment.

Pruett, currently senior executive vice president of the Columbus, Ga.-based company and president of TSYS’ North America Services segment, will step down on April 1, 2017, TSYS said in a Dec. 15 press release.

Gaylon Jowers, currently senior executive vice president at TSYS and president of the company’s International Services segment, will assume control of the company’s new Issuer Solutions segment when Pruett makes his exit, the company said in the release.

Jowers joined TSYS in 1991 and has served in a variety of leadership positions overseeing global sales, marketing and corporate strategy. In his new role, Jowers will report to Pam Joseph, TSYS’ president and chief operating officer.

“Gaylon is a distinguished leader with broad experience across all facets of payments, a deep understanding of the company and a passion for exceeding company expectations,” Joseph said in the release.

A 40-year TSYS veteran, Pruett began his career in the merchant area at Columbus Bank and Trust in 1976 and advanced through various positions before assuming leadership of TSYS' largest reporting segment in 2011 (Columbus spun off TSYS in 1983).

“I have had had the privilege of knowing and working with Bill for 40 years, and no one has had a greater positive impact on TSYS,” said M. Troy Woods, TSYS’ chairman and CEO, in the release.

Allen Pettis, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of the North America Services segment, will take over as president of the company’s North America Issuing division. Kelley Knutson, currently executive vice president of the International Services segment, will become president of International Issuing.