Cendant Corporation`s Hotel Group today announced major staff changes including the promotion of Mark Young to senior vice president of hotel services for Ramada Franchise Systems.
Young, who had been Super 8® vice president of hotel services for the last eight months, succeeds David Coffey, who was appointed vice president of distribution in the Hotel Group`s Franchise Services department. Young will report to Paul Hanley, Ramada® president, and Coffey will report to Annmarie Fairweather, vice president, franchise services.
Earlier in his Cendant career, Young served as group vice president, hotel services, responsible for providing operations support to Cendant`s AmeriHost Inn®, Super 8® , Wingate Inn® , Knights Inn® and Villager brands. From 2000 to 2001, he served the Ramada brand as vice president of operations.
Coffey earlier had served as vice president, field services, responsible for overseeing the Integration Services and Field Services departments; vice president, marketing information services; director, reservation support services; and Ramada regional director of marketing, Northeast region.
Alice Lazore, senior director of franchise support services, was promoted to vice president of operations for the Super 8 brand, replacing Young. She will report to John Valletta, Super 8 president. Lazore began her Cendant career in 1997 as a Franchise Services Manager for the Super 8 brand and subsequently was promoted to franchise services director and senior director of franchise services.
“These changes, combined with other strategic imperatives that have been implemented during the last several months, demonstrate Cendant Hotel Group`s commitment to achieving operational excellence,” said Steve Rudnitsky, Hotel Group chairman and chief executive officer.
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 Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Travelodge®, Howard Johnson®, Knights Inn®, Villager, Wingate Inn® and AmeriHost Inn® brands. 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. All hotels are individually owned and operated under franchise agreements with Cendant subsidiaries.