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Joseph R. Kane, President, Wyndham Hotel Group
Retiring, to be Succeeded by Ken Greene
PARSIPPANY, N.J. (Feb. 19, 2007) – Joseph R. Kane Jr., CHA , a 42-year lodging veteran who served Wyndham Hotel Group as a group president for the last two years and president of Days Inns Worldwide for 11 years, has announced  that he will retire from those positions at the end of the month and continue his service to the company in a part-time role on specific projects.
Kane told the more than 1,800 Days Inn® owners and managers attending their international conference in Las Vegas last week that he will be succeeded as group president of the Days Inn, Howard Johnson® and Travelodge® brands by Ken Greene, a 14-year company veteran who currently serves as president of the Howard Johnson and Travelodge brands.
Kane had advised the company six months ago of his intention to retire from his current responsibilities this month for a number of the reasons, including the desire to devote more time to his family and ailing parents.  

Joseph R. Kane Jr.

Ken Greene

Steven A. Rudnitsky, Wyndham Hotel Group president and chief executive officer, paid tribute to Kane during the conference by calling him a “consummate team player” and a “tireless, hard worker” who established and followed a set of personal core values.  “Joe truly loves what he does and, in return, he is loved and supported by many,” he said.
During Kane’s tenure as Days Inn president, the chain grew into one of the world’s largest economy lodging brands with nearly 1,900 hotels representing more than 151,000 rooms on five continents.
He served as 2006 chairman of the board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, a 96-year-old dual membership association of state and city lodging associations throughout the United States, representing approximately 10,000 property members nationwide, representing more than 1.4 million guest rooms. He will continue to serve AH&LA as its immediate past chairman.  
Anthony L. Berger, Wyndham Hotel Group chief operating officer, said Greene brings “valuable leadership depth and breadth to his new role,” adding, “Under Ken’s leadership for the past three years, the Howard Johnson and Travelodge brands have experienced significant revenue growth and increased participation in brand initiatives.”
Greene was named president of Howard Johnson International in March 2003 and president of Travelodge Hotels in June 2004.  In that role, he was responsible for the growth and performance of both brands, establishing the strategic direction, defining brand standards, guiding operations and overseeing overall management of the brands. 
Greene previously served as senior vice president of administration and operations for Cendant Corporation’s Hotel Group, now Wyndham Hotel Group, responsible for overseeing its Property Openings, Design and Development, Franchise Administration, Reporting and Information Services, Quality Assurance, Hotel Technology Operations and Retention Services departments.  Among his accomplishments, he played a pivotal role implementing Project Restore and Project De-ID, two critical components of the Hotel Group’s strategic business plan designed to restore its value proposition.
Wyndham Hotel Group, one of three principal components of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), encompasses nearly 6,500 franchised hotels and more than 543,000 hotel rooms on six continents under the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Super 8®, Days Inn®, Ramada®, Wingate Inn®, Travelodge®, Howard Johnson®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Knights Inn® and AmeriHost Inn® brands. All hotels are owned individually and operated independently or by a Wyndham Hotel Group subsidiary, Wyndham Hotel Management.
Wyndham Hotel Group’s TripRewards® loyalty program is the largest in the lodging industry based on the number of participating hotels.  The company, based in Parsippany, N.J., employs 1,500 worldwide.  Additional information is available at


Rich Roberts
Vice President, Communications
Wyndham Hotel Group
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ  07054
 (973) 753-6590

Also See: Cendant’s Hotel Group Consolidates Brand Leadership, Increases Field Support Staff / June 2004
Cendant's Nine Lodging Brands Will be Organized Under the Leadership of Joe Kane and Bob Weller / November 2001


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