Choice Hotels International has today [Aug 10 local] announced Patrick Pacious will be the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer from September 12 when current CEO Steve Joyce departs.

“We are pleased to share that Pat [currently the Choice Hotels Chief Operating Officer] will assume his role as President and Chief Executive Officer and is joining the Board of Directors on September 12, 2017,” the company’s Board of Directors said.

“After serving on the DineEquity, Inc., board for more than five years, Steve Joyce was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective September 12, 2017.

“This is exciting news for Steve and no surprise as he is a leader who drives growth and innovation.

“The CEO succession of Steve to Pat is the culmination of a deliberate, long-term planning process focused on maintaining leadership continuity and continued positive business growth.

“We are grateful to Steve for his many valuable contributions and wish him the best in his future leadership role.

“The Board of Directors is delighted to have Pat at the helm of Choice Hotels, as he is an accomplished leader in the organization. We know that Pat is the right person to drive continued success for Choice today and in the future.

“To enable Steve to focus on his new role, he will be stepping down from the Choice Hotels Board of Directors.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management