June 02, 2009 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, N.J. — Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,000 hotels around the world, today announced the appointments of hospitality industry leaders Ken Greene and Michael Poynter to oversee the company's efforts outside of the Americas, further exemplifying the Hotel Group's commitment to its portfolio in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC).
As of March 31st, 2009, the company has a combined total of nearly 500 hotels across both regions. In the past year, Wyndham Hotel Group opened 78 additional hotels, including 23 hotels in EMEA and 55 hotels in the APAC region.
"Strategic global growth and operational excellence are top priorities for Wyndham Hotel Group and therefore, we are committed to appointing the best and most talented leaders who will continue to build our business and help ensure that our stakeholders want to be with us and stay with us," said Eric Danziger, Wyndham Hotel Group president and chief executive officer. "The experience, dedication and passion that Ken and Michael bring to our global operations are what our company and brands need to flourish."
Greene will serve as president and managing director for the APAC region and will be based in Wyndham Hotel Group's Hong Kong office. Poynter will be senior vice president and managing director for the EMEA region and will be based in the company's London office.
Both will oversee the Wyndham Hotel Group's operations functions and manage the communication, coordination and execution of cross-functional, brand initiatives in their respective regions.
Greene previously served as group president for Wyndham Hotel Group, responsible for the operations, development, and marketing of the company's Ramada®, Days Inn®, Howard Johnson® and Travelodge® brands. Prior to that, he served in key executive positions, including president of the Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Travelodge brands and chief financial officer. He joined the company's predecessor in 1993 as director of franchise development for Coldwell Banker.
Poynter, who has over 25 years of hotel operations experience, previously was chief operating officer for Elegant Hotels Group, a London based hotel operations company specializing in upscale and luxury Caribbean resorts. He has served in various operations roles with Carlson Hotels Worldwide and the former Wyndham International where he served as managing director of the Wyndham Elbow Beach hotel in Bermuda and opened the Wyndham brand's first offshore casino hotel in Puerto Rico.
Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three principal components of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), encompasses approximately 7,000 hotels and 588,500 rooms in 66 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada, Days Inn, Super 8®, Wingate® by Wyndham, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites®, Hawthorn Suites®, Howard Johnson, Travelodge and Knights Inn®.
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain Wyndham and international Ramada hotels which are managed by our affiliate or through a joint venture partner. Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, N.J.