TRAVELODGE yesterday hired Hilton veteran and trained accountant Brian Wallace as its new chairman, with chief executive Grant Hearn heralding the appointment as key to the future of the budget hotel chain’s “successful growth strategy”.
Wallace brings experience at some of the world’s biggest hotel chains, including 12 years at Hilton where he had stints as finance director and deputy chief executive.
He has also worked at companies including Schlumberger and Ladbrokes as well as holding non-executive positions at Miller Group, Hays and Scottish & Newcastle.
He is currently a non-executive director of transport company FirstGroup.
“I am delighted to be joining Travelodge at an exciting time in its history,” Wallace said yesterday. “The management team did a great job last year in successfully achieving the financial restructuring of the business. I am really looking forward to working with Grant and his team.”