Choice Hotels International announced today key executive appointments that signal their ambitious plans for the future. These moves come on the heels of its recent acquisition of Radisson Hotels Americas and the integration of its nine brands onto Choice’s central reservation system.
“Choice has always been a growth company, and that growth is now accelerating”, said president and CEO Patrick Pacious. “We are a stronger company than we were just a year ago. Choice’s increased scope and the breadth of our portfolio give us new avenues for growth and an opportunity to expand and improve the services we provide to our franchises, our guests and our travel partners.”
Amidst these changes is Dominic Dragisich, who joined the company as CFO in 2017, and has been promoted to executive vice president, operations and chief global brand officer. He will oversee all of the company’s segments, brand development, segment services and corporate development.
Before joining Choice Hotels, Dragisich served as CFO at XO Communications, a national provider of advanced telecommunications services. Earlier in his career, he held senior finance and operational positions at Marriott International, NII Holdings and Deloitte Consulting.
In addition, Anna Scozzafava will take the role of chief strategy officer and senior vice president, technology, after serving as senior vice president and general manager, extended stay brands. Scozzafava has helped with the global growth of the company’s upscale brands, the execution of the Comfort brand transformation strategy, the acquisition and of the WoodSpring Suites brand and the launch of the company’s newest brand, Everhome Suites.
Scott Oaskmith has been promoted from senior vice president and deputy chief financial officer to CFO. Oaksmith joined Choice Hotels in 2002 as director of marketing and reservation finance and has since held other positions in the area of finance.
Raul Ramirez has been promoted from chief strategy officer and international operations officer to chief segment and international operations officer. Ramirez led the integration of the Radisson Americas brands and WoodSpring Suites.
Choice’s portfolio of brands ranges from full-service upper upscale to midscale, extended stay and economy. The company has over 7,400 hotels, representing over 625,000 rooms, in 45 countries and territories.