ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of Choice Hotels International, Inc., (NYSE: CHH) today announced the promotion of Patrick Pacious to chief operating officer, effective January 1, 2014. In this role, he will be responsible for global operations, identifying and leading growth initiatives through oversight of the strategic planning process, executing the company's global distribution strategy, brand management, marketing and harnessing information technology and data analytics to maximize business performance.
An officer and member of the executive team of Choice Hotels, Mr. Pacious continues to report to Choice Hotels President and CEO Stephen P. Joyce.
"Pat has been a major driver of Choice Hotels' success and growth," said Stephen P. Joyce. "He has had a significant role driving profitable growth and performance company-wide, as well as ensuring that Choice remains on the leading edge of technology. Most importantly, Pat's advice to me over the last several years has impacted the strategic direction of Choice enormously."Mr. Pacious joined Choice Hotels in 2005 and has held roles of increasing responsibility and oversight particularly in the areas of strategic planning, technology, innovation and growth. He currently serves as the executive vice president, global strategy and operations, with lead responsibility for the company's corporate strategy and development, global reservations delivery, information technology, loyalty and promotions, franchise services, and international operations. Mr. Pacious' promotion to chief operating officer recognizes his key value and contribution to the organization. Before joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Pacious held senior positions with BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen, where he worked directly with senior executives and boards of directors at a variety of key clients, including Choice Hotels International and other major hotel companies. As a result of his expertise and global business experience, he has provided testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on performance management and privatization issues.