Michael Brown Named to Lead Wyndham Vacation Ownership Business
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Wyndham Worldwide recently announced that Michael D. Brown will be serving as president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Vacation Ownership effective immediately. Formerly, Brown was the acting Chief Operating Officer of Hilton Grand Vacations, and will bring over 25 years of experience, leading a wealth of knowledge in asset management and vacation ownership sales functions.
Brown will be working under the interim leader of the business, Wyndham Worldwide Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephen P. Holmes. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is based in Orlando and is a world leader in timeshare development, sales, and management with 219 resorts and over 887,000 owners globally.
Brown led Hilton Grand Vacations domestic sales organizations, nearly doubling its sales revenue under his leadership. The former HGV chief operating officer joined the brand in 2008 after serving in a series of sales, development, operations, and finance leadership roles across the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean for over 16 years at Marriott International and Marriott Vacation Club International.
“Mike brings a combination of strategic vision, people-centric focus, and industry savvy that is ideal to successfully lead this powerhouse organization,” said Holmes. “A well-known and highly regarded industry leader, Mike values the long term relationship we have with our owners, knows how to leverage a hotel-based loyalty program, and understands how to best support the vibrant and successful sales and service culture at Wyndham.”
Owners of Wyndham Vacation Ownership receive their membership in the industry’s top rated loyalty program, Wyndham Rewards. The program allows owners to earn their points, which may be redeemed for a plethora of ownership perks such as vacations at any of the resorts in the Wyndham portfolio and club maintenance fees. In 2016, Wyndham Rewards became the first major loyalty program to incorporate vacation ownership and vacation rental properties, adding in more than 20,000 options to its redemption portfolio.
“Mike has proven success in effectively connecting hotel customers and loyalty program members with the vacation ownership experience—a strategic priority here at Wyndham as we continue weaving Wyndham Rewards as the ‘blue thread’ tying our hospitality portfolio together,” continued Holmes.
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