Wyndham Hotel Group announced the appointment of Paulo Pena as senior vice president and managing director, Latin America.
Pena is responsible for leading Wyndham Hotel Group’s development efforts in Latin America, an integral region in the company’s international plans, as well as providing operational, marketing, revenue management and sales services to the company’s franchisees and robust network of multi-unit development partners. He is based in Wyndham Hotel Group’s Parsippany, New Jersey, offices.
Pena joins Wyndham Hotel Group from Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he held various roles in operations, strategy, marketing and global partnerships throughout his ten year tenure. Most recently, he served as vice president, global partnerships, responsible for developing, negotiating and executing cross-functional strategic alliances and partnerships.
“Wyndham Hotel Group continues to target Latin America as a crucial region for growth and Paulo will be an excellent leader for this charge,” said Bob Loewen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Wyndham Hotel Group. “His experience with strategic relationships combined with his broad industry knowledge will be fundamental to our development in the region as we continue to collaborate with key development partners to drive accelerated growth in Latin America’s emerging markets.”
Wyndham Hotel Group achieved several important milestones in Latin America last year, including the opening of the first Super 8 hotel in the region, the Super 8 Aeroporto Confins in Lagoa Santa, Brazil. Several brands entered new markets, including Wyndham Hotels and Resorts in Venezuela and Peru, Days Inn in Brazil and Ramada in Colombia. Additionally, the midscale Howard Johnson brand celebrated the opening of its 30th hotel in Argentina, the Howard Johnson Resort and Convention Center, Ezeiza.
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