Interstate Hotels & Resorts today announced the promotion of Samuel E. (Ted) Knighton, formerly chief operating officer, to president and chief operating officer.
Knighton oversees global operations of the company’s approximately 400 managed and owned hotels on three continents. He has been with Interstate since 1990 and has held increasingly important positions with the company.
“Since assuming the responsibilities of chief operating officer in December, Ted has taken on an even more expansive role as we integrate operations and sales worldwide,” said Jim Abrahamson, Interstate’s chief executive officer. “He has developed a strong team with incredible depth who are actively engaged in improving and expanding our global operations platform. This promotion reflects his accomplishments and the tremendous value and exceptional operations experience that he brings to our international growth strategy.”
Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Knighton was president of hotel operations for Interstate’s North American portfolio, the company’s largest region. A 21-year veteran of Interstate, his career also includes senior roles with Radisson Hotels and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Knighton holds a degree in hotel administration from Cornell University.
About Interstate Hotels & Resorts
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Thayer Lodging and Jin Jiang, is the leading U.S.-based global hotel management company, operating branded full- and select-service hotels and resorts, conference centers and independent hotels worldwide. Interstate and its affiliates manage and/or have ownership interests in nearly 400 hotels with more than 70,000 rooms in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. The Company has ownership in 58 of those hotels, including six wholly owned hotels. In addition, Interstate has executed agreements to manage 44 hotels with over 8,300 rooms under construction or development throughout the world.
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