Choice Hotels Promotes Patrick Pacious to Chief Operating Officer

ROCKVILLE, Md. - Dec. 20, 2013 // PRNewswire // - The board of directors of Choice Hotels International, Inc., (NYSE: CHH) today announced the promotion of Patrick Pacious to chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2014. In this role, he will be responsible for global operations, identifying and leading growth initiatives through oversight of the strategic planning process, executing the company's global distribution strategy, brand management, marketing and harnessing information technology and data analytics to maximize business performance.

An officer and member of the executive team of Choice Hotels, Mr. Pacious continues to report to Choice Hotels President and CEO Stephen P. Joyce.

"Pat has been a major driver of Choice Hotels' success and growth," said Stephen P. Joyce. "He has had a significant role driving profitable growth and performance company-wide, as well as ensuring that Choice remains on the leading edge of technology. Most importantly, Pat's advice to me over the last several years has impacted the strategic direction of Choice enormously."

Mr. Pacious joined Choice Hotels in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility and oversight particularly in the areas of strategic planning, technology, innovation and growth. He currently serves as the executive vice president, global strategy and operations, with lead responsibility for the company's corporate strategy and development, global reservations delivery, information technology, loyalty and promotions, franchise services, and international operations. Mr. Pacious' promotion to chief operating officer recognizes his key value and contribution to the organization.

Before joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Pacious held senior positions with BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen, where he worked directly with senior executives and boards of directors at a variety of key clients, including Choice Hotels International and other major hotel companies. As a result of his expertise and global business experience, he has provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on performance management and privatization issues.

Mr. Pacious earned his master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his bachelor's degree from Duke University. He served in the United States Navy from 1987 to 1993, achieving the rank of lieutenant.

About Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of September 30, 2013, 371 hotels, representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 84 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.

Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges rewards program. With nearly 18 million members worldwide, it is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.

Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.

Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International, Inc.

© 2013 Choice Hotels International, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE Choice Hotels International, Inc.

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