Wyndham International, Inc. (NYSE:WYN) today announced the promotion of several key executives in its financial department, each reporting to Richard A. Smith, executive vice president and chief financial officer. The appointments complete the restructuring of the department following Smith`s appointment as chief financial officer earlier this month.
“With these new appointments, we now have the right team in place to lead our finance organization through our transformation into a branded hotel operating company,” said Fred J. Kleisner, president and chief executive officer.
Judy L. Hendrick, who was named senior vice president and treasurer, will oversee the company`s debt financing and cash management operations. Elizabeth Williams was promoted to senior vice president and will oversee financial strategic planning and investor relations. Also holding key positions within the financial department are Timothy L. Fielding, who will continue to serve as senior vice president and corporate controller, and James E. Conley, Jr., senior vice president, who will oversee hotel finance, property taxes and risk management.
“During the past year, we have made tremendous progress in establishing a strong infrastructure in our financial department, including implementing new technology and systems. Together with our experienced financial team, these steps will allow us to take advantage of opportunities to further the implementation of our company`s strategic plan,” said Smith.
Judy Hendrick: In her new role as treasurer, Hendrick will continue to work closely with bank and institutional lenders. She previously served as Wyndham International`s senior vice president, finance, with responsibility for debt and equity capital sourcing and structuring for the acquisition, development and redevelopment of hotels. She also oversaw the management of the financial and real estate aspects of all proprietary properties and partnerships. Hendrick has more than fifteen years of finance and real estate experience, holding lending positions with major financial institutions such as Chase Manhattan, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and First Republic Bank (now Bank of America). She joined Wyndham in 1991. Hendrick holds a bachelor of science degree from Kansas State University and MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Elizabeth Williams: Williams is assuming the additional responsibilities for investor and shareholder relations, in addition to her current responsibilities for financial analysis and budgeting. She succeeds Paul Keung in the investor relations role. Keung is leaving Wyndham later this spring to accept a position with another company. Williams joined Wyndham in 1998, previously holding executive positions in financial reporting, planning and analysis, including corporate controller for American General Hospitality Corporation. She earned her bachelor`s degree from LSU - Shreveport and is a certified public accountant.
Tim Fielding: Fielding will continue to serve as senior vice president and corporate controller, responsible for the consolidation of the corporation`s financial results, financial reporting and analysis, and hotel accounting. Fielding was named to his current responsibilities in 1996, having previously served as director of finance. Before joining Wyndham, Fielding was chief financial officer for the Texas Region of Medical Care International and previously served as a senior audit manager for KPMG Peat Marwick. A certified public accountant, he received his bachelor`s and master`s in accounting from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
Jim Conley: Conley, who has led the company`s hotel accounting and property tax groups since September 1999, assumes the additional responsibilities for risk management. Conley previously served as senior vice president and controller for the company`s Wyndham Hotels & Resorts division. He joined the company in 1992 as a division controller. Conley is a certified public accountant and holds an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Continuing to report to Smith in their current financial department roles are Alan D. Jones, vice president, tax, and William R. Smith, vice president, internal audit.
Wyndham International, Inc. offers upscale and luxury hotel and resort accommodations through proprietary lodging brands and a management services division. Based in Dallas, Wyndham International owns, leases, manages and franchises 285 hotels with more than 70,000 rooms in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. For more information, visit www.wyndhamintl.com.