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Wyndham Worldwide Names Industry Veteran Michael Brown to Lead Vacation Ownership Business
April 18, 2017 - Wyndham Worldwide has announced the appointment of Michael D. Brown as president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Vacation Ownership effective immediately.
Most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Hilton Grand Vacations, Brown brings more than 25 years of experience leading a diverse range of asset management and vacation ownership sales functions.
Brown will report to Wyndham Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen P. Holmes, who has been serving as interim leader of the business since the start of the year. Orlando-based Wyndham Vacation Ownership is the world leader in timeshare development, sales and management with 219 resorts and over 887,000 owners globally.
Prior to serving as HGV’s chief operating officer, Brown led its domestic sales organization, which nearly doubled its sales revenue under his leadership. Brown joined HGV in 2008 after serving in a series of sales, development, operations and finance leadership roles across the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean for more than 16 years at Marriott International and Marriott Vacation Club International.
“Mike brings a combination of strategic vision, people-centric focus, and industry savvy that is ideal to successfully lead this powerhouse organization,” said Holmes. “A well-known and highly regarded industry leader, Mike values the long term relationship we have with our owners, knows how to leverage a hotel-based loyalty program, and understands how to best support the vibrant and successful sales and service culture at Wyndham.”
Vacation ownership at Wyndham includes membership in the industry’s top-rated loyalty program – Wyndham Rewards – which allows owners to earn points that can be redeemed for everything from stays across the Wyndham portfolio to club maintenance fees. This past year, Wyndham Rewards became the first major loyalty program to include vacation ownership and vacation rental properties, adding more than 20,000 options to its redemption portfolio.
“Mike has proven success in effectively connecting hotel customers and loyalty program members with the vacation ownership experience – a strategic priority here at Wyndham as we continue weaving Wyndham Rewards as the ‘blue thread’ tying our hospitality portfolio together,” said Holmes.
Brown joins an industry-leading organization that has been a pioneer in hospitality for more than 50 years – first as one of the original providers of vacation ownership, and as an innovator of products and services that set the pace for the industry. Wyndham Vacation Ownership revolutionized the industry with an entirely points and credits-based offering, which has now become the standard across the industry. In recent years, Wyndham ramped up expansion into more urban markets based on the changing travel patterns of its owners – a pioneering move in the industry that others have followed. Wyndham also introduced its Ovation by Wyndham exit program – another industry first that recognizes long-term owners who have enjoyed their ownership, but whose needs have changed, providing opportunities to gracefully bow out when they feel the time is right.
From the inclusive environment created for its approximately 18,000 global associates, to more than 27 million square feet of rainforest preserved, to the many volunteer and philanthropic campaigns, Wyndham Vacation Ownership has aligned its operations with a responsible approach tailored to the many local communities where it operates.
These efforts are reflected as part of Wyndham Worldwide’s recognition as one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere; as a global industry leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index; and among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by Diversity Inc.
At HGV, Brown championed responsible business practices, including serving as the inaugural executive sponsor of the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
“Wyndham has always been a value-driven organization, focused on delivering great experiences for owners and results for our shareholders by doing business in a responsible way we all can be proud of,” added Holmes. “Our culture continues to be an important driver of our success. Mike shares these values as we continue serving the needs of our growing owner base and make travel more accessible and more memorable than any other hospitality company in the world.”
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Wyndham Hotel Group announced its acquisition of Latin America's leading Fën Hotels on December 1, adding 26 management contracts across Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, and the U.S.
10/26/2016 Wyndham Rewards Unveils Expansion of Loyalty Program October 26, 2016 -
Recognizing guests’ needs to travel differently from trip to trip, Wyndham Rewards unveiled plans to expand its award-winning program across one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide, starting with the immediate addition of more than 17,000 condos and homes to the program’s nearly 8,000 hotel redemption portfolio.
5/16/2016 Wyndham Hotel Group Multiplies Wingate and Hawthorn Footprint in Canada May 16, 2016 -
Wyndham Hotel Group announced multi-unit agreements with PHI Hotel Group to develop 25 Wingate by Wyndham hotels over the next 25 years and 15 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham hotels over the next 15 years in order to expand the Canadian presence of two of its top-performing midscale brands.
1/23/2012 Wyndham Hotel Group Launches New Website to Drive Direct Business January 23, 2012 -
Busy travelers looking for a quick and easy way to search and book any hotel within the extensive Wyndham Hotel Group portfolio can now do so on www.wyndhamhotelgroup.com, a new website designed to engage consumers with the company’s family of brands while helping to drive incremental bookings for hotel owners.
7/26/2011 TRYP by Wyndham Brand Launches Marketing Campaign, Multilingual Website July 26, 2011 -
The TRYP by WyndhamTM select-service hotel brand today announced the launch of a new global marketing and advertising campaign and the debut of the brand’s revamped consumer website, www.tryphotels.com, available in five languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese.
12/9/2010 Wyndham Worldwide Donates $60,000 Through Social Good Campaign December 09, 2010 -
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, announced that through its social good campaign, the company’s Wishes by Wyndham philanthropic program will donate $60,000 to be equally divided between its three signature charities: the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, Christel House International and Starlight Children’s Foundation™.
11/2/2010 Wyndham’s China Growth Continues in the Heart of Xixi National Wetland Park November 02, 2010 -
Following the recent signings for three new luxury hotels in Boao, Wyndham Hotel Group (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hotel companies based on number of hotels, announced its continued expansion in China with the signing of a management agreement to open a luxury Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® property in Hangzhou’s Xixi National Wetland Park.
10/13/2010 Wyndham Continues Expansion With Three New Luxury Hotels in China October 13, 2010 -
Following the recent opening of two luxury hotels in the cities of Shanghai and Chengdu, Wyndham Hotel Group (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hotel companies with nearly 7,200 hotels and 13 brands, announced its continued expansion in China with management agreements for three new Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® properties in Boao, located in south China's Hainan Island province.
10/5/2010 Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Gareth Gaston SVP of Global E-Commerce October 05, 2010 -
Wyndham Hotel Group (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hotel companies with nearly 7,200 hotels, announced the appointment of Gareth Gaston as senior vice president, global e-commerce, responsible for driving the company’s online strategy and presence.
9/22/2010 Wyndham Worldwide to Acquire ResortQuest September 22, 2010 -
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN) announced that its Exchange & Rentals business unit, a worldwide leader in vacation exchange and European leader in vacation rentals, has agreed to acquire ResortQuest, a leading provider in full-service vacation rentals in the United States.
8/10/2010 Microtel Hotels Celebrates Highest in Guest Satisfaction Ranking With Consumers August 10, 2010 -
The Microtel Inns & Suites® hotel brand is surprising guests with chances to win one of 135 prizes in celebration of its ninth consecutive year ranking as highest in guest satisfaction among economy/budget hotel chains by global marketing information services company J.D. Power and Associates.
4/6/2010 Wyndham Hotel Group CEO Honored for Industry Contributions April 06, 2010 -
Eric Danziger, president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), has been recognized by the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association International with the award for Lifetime Contribution in the Hospitality Industry.
7/21/2008 Wyndham Worldwide Completes Purchase of U.S. Franchise Systems July 21, 2008 -
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation announced it has completed the acquisition of U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. and its Microtel Inns & Suites® and Hawthorn Suites® hotel brands from a subsidiary of Global Hyatt Corporation for a purchase price of $131 million.
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