Board of Directors

Geoffrey A. Ballotti

Geoffrey A. Ballotti serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and a member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Ballotti has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Hotel Group since March 2014. From March 2008 to March 2014, Mr. Ballotti served as Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Destination Network. From October 2003 to March 2008, Mr. Ballotti was President of North America Division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. From 1989 to 2003, Mr. Ballotti held leadership positions of increasing responsibility at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide including President of Starwood North America, Executive Vice President, Operations, Senior Vice President, Southern Europe and Managing Director, Ciga Spa, Italy. Prior to joining Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Mr. Ballotti was a Banking Officer in the Commercial Real Estate Group at the Bank of New England.

Mr. Ballotti currently serves as Chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, and formerly served as Chairman of the U.S. Travel Association. He has also previously served on the board of directors for Christel House International, a not-for-profit organization that supports impoverished children throughout the world, as well as the Executive Committee of the American Resort & Development Association.

Myra J. Biblowit

Myra J. Biblowit serves as a member of our Board of Directors. Ms. Biblowit previously served as a director of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation since July 2006. Since April 2001, Ms. Biblowit has served as President of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. From July 1997 to March 2001, she served as Vice Dean for External Affairs for the New York University School of Medicine and Senior Vice President of the Mount Sinai-NYU Health System. From June 1991 to June 1997, Ms. Biblowit was Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Capital Campaign for the American Museum of Natural History. Ms. Biblowit also served as a director of Cendant from April 2000 to August 2006.

James E. Buckman

James E. Buckman serves as the Lead Director of our Board of Directors. Mr. Buckman previously served as a director of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation since 2006 and as its lead director from March 2010 to May 2018. Mr. Buckman also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wyndham Destinations. From May 2007 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman served as Vice Chairman of York Capital Management, a hedge fund management company headquartered in New York City. From May 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Buckman also served as General Counsel of York Capital Management and from January 2007 to May 2007 he served as a Senior Consultant to York Capital Management. Mr. Buckman was General Counsel and a director of Cendant Corporation from December 1997 to August 2006, a Vice Chairman of Cendant Corporation from November 1998 to August 2006 and a Senior Executive Vice President of Cendant Corporation from December 1997 to November 1998. Mr. Buckman was Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS Incorporated from May 1997 to December 1997, a director of HFS from June 1994 to December 1997 and Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of HFS from February 1992 to May 1997.

Bruce B. Churchill

Bruce B. Churchill serves as a member of our Board of Directors. From August 2014 to April 2017, Mr. Churchill served on the board of directors of Computer Sciences Corporation. From January 2004 to August 2015, Mr. Churchill served as President of DIRECTV Latin America and from January 2004 to March 2005, Mr. Churchill served as Chief Financial Officer of DIRECTV. From January 1996 to July 2003, Mr. Churchill served as President and Chief Operating Officer for STAR TV. Prior to joining STAR TV, Mr. Churchill served in senior positions for Fox Television and Paramount Pictures.

Mukul V. Deoras

Mukul V. Deoras serves as a member of our Board of Directors. Since September 2018, Mr. Deoras has served as President, Asia Pacific Division of Colgate-Palmolive Company and as Chairman of Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd. From August 2015 to September 2018, Mr. Deoras served as Chief Marketing Officer of Colgate-Palmolive Company. From February 2012 to July 2015, Mr. Deoras served as President, Asia Division of Colgate-Palmolive. From January 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Deoras served as Managing Director for Colgate-Palmolive (India). From September 2004 to January 2010, Mr. Deoras served in additional positions of increasing responsibility in Marketing for Colgate-Palmolive. Prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, Mr. Deoras held a series of senior roles in marketing and sales at Hindustan Unilever Limited.

Stephen P. Holmes

Stephen P. Holmes  serves as Non-Executive Chairman of our Board of Directors, after previously serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wyndham Worldwide since July 2006. With the spin-off of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Holmes also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wyndham Destinations. Prior to the creation of Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Holmes served in various leadership positions in the hospitality and financial services industries, including Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw Cendant’s hotel franchise, vehicle rental, timeshare development, timeshare exchange and vacation rental business. Mr. Holmes was also Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of HFS, and Managing Director of The Blackstone Group. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Deloitte and Touche LLP.

Ronald L. Nelson

Ronald L. Nelson, 67, has served as a Director since August 2019. Since July 2008, he has also served as a director of Hanesbrands, Inc. and held the roles of Lead Director since January 2015 and Non-Executive Chairman since April 2019. Mr. Nelson has also served as a director of Viacom, Inc. since August 2016. Previously, Mr. Nelson served as Executive Chairman of the Board of Avis Budget Group from December 2015 to May 2018 and as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from August 2006 to December 2015. He also served as Avis’ Chief Operating Officer from June 2010 to October 2015. From April 2003 to August 2006, Mr. Nelson served as Chief Financial Officer and President of Cendant Corporation and served as a member of its board during that same period. From November 1994 to March 2003, Mr. Nelson served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks SKG. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Paramount Communications, Inc. from November 1987 to March 1994 and served as a director from June 1991 to March 1994. He also served as a director of Convergys Corporation from August 2008 to October 2016, serving in the role of Lead Director from April 2013 to October 2016.

Pauline D.E. Richards

Pauline D.E. Richards serves as a member of our Board of Directors. Ms. Richards previously served as a director of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation since July 2006. Since July 2008, Ms. Richards has served as Chief Operating Officer of Trebuchet Group Holdings Limited (formerly Armour Group Holdings Limited), an investment management company. From November 2003 to July 2008, Ms. Richards served as Director of Development at the Saltus Grammar School, the largest private school in Bermuda. From January 2001 to March 2003, Ms. Richards served as Chief Financial Officer of Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch (Bermuda) Limited in Bermuda, a trust company business. From January 1999 to December 2000, she was Treasurer of Gulfstream Financial Limited, a stock brokerage company. From January 1999 to June 1999, Ms. Richards served as a consultant to Aon Group of Companies, Bermuda, an insurance brokerage company, after serving in senior positions from 1988 through 1998 including Controller, Senior Vice President and Group Financial Controller and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Richards has served as a director of Apollo Global Management, LLC since March 2011 and Hamilton Insurance Group, Ltd. since December 2013. Ms. Richards also served as a director of Cendant Corporation from March 2003 to August 2006.