HTNG Appoints David Sjolander Chief Operating Officer
Respected Industry Leader Brings Deep Experience as Both Hotel Technology Company Executive and Hotel IT Executive
As a hotel IT executive, Sjolander was responsible for all hotel-based technology at over 1,000 properties in 70 countries as Vice President, Hotel Systems for Carlson Hospitality Worldwide, where, among other significant accomplishments, he standardized its property management system and enabled several key brand initiatives. Sjolander began his career as an Assistant Front Office Manager at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas.
"David joins HTNG at a pivotal moment for both our organization and the industry we bring together," said Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President and CEO of HTNG. "He is a proven strategic thinker and executional leader who has earned the trust and respect of all of our stakeholders through his many accomplishments as an executive at both a hotel company and hotel technology companies. He will have a significant impact on the future direction of hotel technology as HTNG's Chief Operating Officer."
"David Sjolander is widely recognized as a leading innovative mind in the hotel technology sector and his presence at HTNG will greatly benefit hoteliers and hotel technology companies alike," said Jeremy Ward, President of HTNG and Senior VP of Information Technology, Kempinski Hotels. "I speak on behalf of all HTNG members in welcoming him and greatly look forward to his ideas and insights as we move the organization forward."
"The expansion of HTNG's membership, the breadth of challenges it is working to solve and its global partnerships speak to its vital role in defining how hotel technology is brought to market and deployed by hotels worldwide," said David Sjolander, Chief Operating Officer of HTNG. "I have seen firsthand the results that HTNG enables as both a hotel and technology company executive and have identified a range of opportunities to increase our already important role in the evolution of hotel technology at this critical point in time."
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About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)
The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across the spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for over 2.5 million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.