News for the Hospitality Executive
TORONTO, ON, July 3, 2012 – The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) and the Board of Directors of Delta Hotels and Resorts are pleased to announce that industry veteran has been named President & Chief Executive Officer of Delta Hotels and Resorts, one of Canada’s leading hotel management companies. Ken will officially assume his role in September 2012.
“Ken has a strong track record in leading the strategic growth of global hotel brands,” says Delta Hotels and Resorts’ chairman Kevin Mahoney. “His appointment as President & CEO strongly supports bcIMC’s commitment to Delta’s continued growth and to continuing its strong tradition as the Canadian hotel brand of choice for employees, guests and hotel owners.”
Based in Hong Kong, Ken was most recently President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific Region for the Wyndham Hotel Group. Since 2001 Ken has held successive senior leadership roles at Wyndham, based at their world headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, guiding the growth initiative for various brands within the Wyndham group including Group President – Ramada, Days Inn, Howard Johnson and Travelodge; President – Days Inn Worldwide; President – Howard Johnson International and Travelodge Hotels Inc.; and Chief Financial Officer for Wyndham Hotel Group.
Prior to joining Wyndham, Ken has held senior financial, strategic planning and development leadership roles for such global organizations as NRT, Inc., Cendant Corporation, HFS, Inc., and Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliates, Inc.
Ken, an MBA graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas, is regarded as one of the industry’s global leaders in growing brands. His expertise in brand management, development and investment banking positions him well to enable Delta to realize its growth strategy.
About Delta Hotels and Resorts
A leading Canadian hotel management company, Delta Hotels and Resorts operates and franchises a diversified portfolio with 43 full-service, city centre and airport hotels and resorts under the Delta brand. Widely regarded as Canada’s “brand of choice” by guests and owners, Delta also distinguishes itself as an exemplary employer. It is the only hotel company to have been recognized for its sustained focus on business excellence by the prestigious National Quality Institute with three Canada Awards for Excellence, including the award program’s highest honour, the Order of Excellence (2007). The hospitality company has also consistently ranked as one of the country’s 50 Best Employers for 12 years, and has been named to the Green 30 since 2010. As well, its national sustainability program, Delta Greens is the most comprehensive and ambitious in the hospitality industry touching on every aspect of the hotel business. Delta’s Corporate Social Responsibility platform, Delta Helps, includes a chain-wide commitment to the communities it serves through a national partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada, participation in the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key Eco-Rating program, and work with various other charitable groups. Delta Hotels and Resorts is privately owned by the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. For more information, please visit www.deltahotels.com
About the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC)
bcIMC is an independent investment management corporation that manages a globally diversified investment portfolio of $91.1 billion as at December 31, 2011. Based in Victoria, British Columbia and supported by industry-leading expertise, bcIMC invests in all major asset classes including infrastructure and other strategic investments. bcIMC’s clients include public sector pension plans, public trusts, and insurance funds. For more information, please visit www.bcimc.com.
Sandy Indig, Public Relations Manager
Delta Hotels and Resorts