In this expanded capacity, Ramírez will lead the financial and strategic long-range planning organizations for Choice's international division as well as the global financial planning and analysis and revenue assurance organizations. Additionally, Ramírez will assume oversight for Choice's corporate development and strategic investment efforts outside the U.S. and also provide leadership to the international division's finance market leads. He will continue to report to Dominic Dragisich, chief financial officer, Choice Hotels.
Ramírez has been a key member of Choice's finance team since 2017, when he joined as the company's vice president of strategic finance and financial planning and analysis. Prior to Choice, Ramírez was head of finance for Verizon's XO business unit, and earlier in his career, he held senior finance, operational and leadership roles at XO Communications and Nextel International.
Ramírez received a Bachelor of Science in electronic and communication engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a management executive program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises approximately 6,200 hotels, representing more than 499,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of December 31, 2012, 394 hotels, representing more than 31,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States.
Recent Appointments at Choice
21 November 2019 — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, has promoted Sarah Searls to the newly created role of chief customer officer.
As part of Choice's ongoing commitment to its customers, Searls will maximize how Choice understands and listens to customers and will connect these valuable insights with strategy to create exceptional customer experiences and value to franchisees.
24 September 2019 — As a key member of Choice Hotels' senior executive leadership team reporting directly to President and Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pacious, Bhalla will advance the company's data-driven culture and lead the corporate strategy, business transformation, and data analytics teams.
25 June 2019 — Megan Brumagim has been promoted to vice president, brand management, design, and compliance. In this role, Brumagim oversees the strategy, growth, and performance of the company's largest brands: Comfort, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn.