PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, has announced the appointment of Daniel Ruff as president and managing director of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Indian Ocean regions.
In this role, effective November 12, Ruff will be responsible for Wyndham Hotel Group’s strategic development and operational, marketing, revenue management, and sales services to the company’s franchisees and development partners. He will be based in the company’s London offices.
Ruff joins Wyndham Hotel Group from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., in Brussels, Belgium, where he most recently led asset management for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, overseeing franchise services and operations, as well as owner relations and portfolio and contract management.
“We are excited to welcome Daniel to the Wyndham Hotel Group family,” said Bob Loewen, Wyndham Hotel Group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Daniel’s market expertise and experience in development, operations, and owner relations will be advantageous as we continue to build strategic partnerships and penetrate new markets throughout both regions.”
Ruff held roles in corporate investments and development, brand integration, and operations and special projects throughout his 11-year tenure at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. He began his career as an investment banking analyst with Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, New York.