Cendant Corporation`s Hotel Group today announced the appointment of Ken Greene as president of Howard Johnson International to succeed Mary Mahoney, who has accepted a position with Fairfield Resorts, a Cendant company that specializes in vacation ownership and leisure products.
Greene had served Cendant`s Hotel Group as senior vice president of administration & operations since February 2002. In that role he oversaw the Property Openings, Design & Development, Franchise Administration, Reporting & Information Services, Quality Assurance, Hotel Technology Operations and Retention Services departments.
He has played a pivotal role implementing the Hotel Group`s Project Restore initiative to upgrade the quality of its nine hotel brands by eliminating poorly performing properties and those with persistent quality problems. Under his direction, more than 600 hotels were targeted for action, of which 150 have been terminated.
“Ken is an energetic, results-driven manager with a can-do attitude,” said Steve Rudnitsky, Hotel Group chairman and chief executive officer. “He offers a strong business acumen as well as a deep understanding of the Cendant corporate organization and the multitude of resources that can be brought to bear on the Howard Johnson‰ brand.”
Earlier in his Cendant career, Greene served as the Hotel Group`s chief financial officer; vice president & chief financial officer-New York Metro Region for NRT Inc.; international services director for Coldwell Banker; corporate director of finance; director of strategic planning for Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates Inc.; and director of corporate franchise development.
Mahoney, who has served as president of Howard Johnson International since August 1998, will become Fairfield`s senior vice president of member relations & customer support, effective next month. She will be based in Orlando, Fla., her hometown.
“While we are sorry to lose Mary, we are pleased that she is staying within the Cendant family,” Rudnitsky said. “Among her many accomplishments, she initiated a successful reimaging program that helped restore the Howard Johnson brand`s traditional competitive edge among mid-market hotel brands.”
Howard Johnson International Inc. franchises 479 hotels representing nearly 46,000 rooms in the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Israel, Jordan, Malta, Mexico, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Venezuela. Cendant Corporation`s Hotel Group, based in Parsippany, N.J., is the world`s largest lodging franchisor with 6,556 open hotels representing 539,722 rooms on five continents under the the Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Travelodge®, Howard Johnson®, Knights Inn®, Villager, Wingate Inn® and AmeriHost Inn® brands.Ê Cendant’s franchised hotels sell one out of every four economy and midpriced room-nights in the United States, and Cendant franchises 11.8 percent of the entire U.S. hotel room supply, according to Smith Travel Research.Ê All hotels are individually owned and operated under franchise agreements with Cendant subsidiaries.