Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has appointed Joon Aun Ooi to the role of president and managing director for South East Asia and Pacific Rim, based in the group's new regional headquarters in Singapore.
In his new role, Ooi will lead the post-spin development and growth of the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts family of brands across the South East Asia and Pacific Rim region and drive its strategic objectives including the company's brand transformation and its focus on loyalty, distribution, sales and marketing.
Ooi reports to Bob Loewen, executive vice President and chief operating officer of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. He replaces Barry Robinson who has been named president and managing director, Wyndham Vacation Clubs, a division of Wyndham Destinations, Inc. the world's largest vacation ownership and exchange company.
Ooi joined Wyndham in 2013 as vice president, openings and operations for Wyndham Hotel Group Greater China. During this time, he successfully introduced four new brands to the market and played a pivotal role in growing the combined franchise and management portfolio to over 1,400 hotels.
He made his first foray into the hospitality industry as vice president strategy at InterContinental Hotels Group before moving to China in 2005 to take on the role of vice president, hotel openings (Greater China) where he played a key role in establishing and implementing the China growth strategy for the group. In 2009, he was appointed vice president strategy and hotel openings (Asia Pacific) at Hilton Worldwide where he oversaw the successful growth of the Hilton portfolio in China.
Before joining the hospitality industry in 2002, Ooi spent more than seven years at The Boston Consulting Group where he was a principal.