Todd Thompson, Chief Information Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., was named by the Board of Directors as President, replacing Barry Shuler, who retired in December from his role as Chief Technology Officer of Marriott International, Inc.
Thompson has served as a Director of HTNG since 2007.
Shuler continued, saying "Given my retirement from Marriott
, we needed to recruit new leadership, and I am gratified that such prominent industry leaders as Todd Thompson
, Tom Conophy, and Carl Wilson all share my belief in HTNG
's importance, and have stepped up to ensure its ongoing progress and ultimate success.
Todd Thompson, newly elected HTNG President, said "We owe Barry Shuler an enormous debt of gratitude for his service of more than four years as a Director, and as President for the past two years.
Thompson also praised the service of retiring director Gustaaf Schrils, saying "Gustaaf has been one of the most vocal public advocates of HTNG since he joined the Board in 2005, and has helped to raise our public profile.
Todd Thompson Elected as President
Todd Thompson joined the HTNG Board of Directors in early 2007.
He serves as Chief Information Officer at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, located in White Plains, New York.
Prior to joining Starwood in November 2006, he was CIO at JetBlue Airways, and led consulting practices for both SBI.Razorfish and Arthur Andersen Business Consulting.
has more than 20 years experience with expertise in technology, business processes and project/program management.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.
Commenting on his
new role, Thompson
has a great opportunity now, and I look forward to helping to make it a reality.
The first years of its life were spent building a framework for vendor cooperation, and the financial strength to begin to execute.
Now we have both of these elements in place, and we can quickly begin leveraging HTNG
to further raise the profile of the hotel industry in the vendor community and align efforts and investment around key industry needs while working to reduce the inefficiencies of our fragmented technology delivery system.
Thompson added, "I am also grateful to Carl Wilson and Tom Conophy for joining the board.
In addition to electing Todd Thompson as President, the HTNG Board of Directors re-elected Bob Bansfield, Vice President of Information Technology at Global Hyatt Corporation, as Vice President.
Todd Thompson, CIO, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
I am very much looking forward to working with Todd Thompson
, whose innovative ideas and desire to 'raise the bar' have already had a major impact on the organization.