MDO names new CEO

MDO, a hotel data platform that centralizes and operationalizes critical performance and financial data for hotel companies, has made new additions to its leadership team, including naming Vic Chynoweth as its new CEO.

Chynoweth previously worked with MDO for several months as a board member at Cove Hill Partners, where he served as managing director/operating partner. He previously served as COO/CFO at JAGGAER and CFO at Planview Inc.

Andrew Smedira has been named CFO, bringing a focus in SaaS business and experience in rigorous financial analysis. He previously served as CFO at Veracross and Pearson Online Learning Services.

Shams Chauthani has joined as chief technology officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience leading engineering teams. He previously served as CTO/SVP, Engineering at Zilliant and principal/founder at eLogix Solutions.

Linda Neff has been named SVP, professional services and Customer Success, bringing years of experience driving innovation and execution in customer-facing teams. She previously served as VP, professional services at Vena Solutions and VP, customer success at EdCast.

Also, several leaders with deep industry experience have assumed new roles at MDO:

Ali Moloo, MDO founder, has been named chief strategy officer.

Sudharshan Chary, co-founder of Datavision, acquired by MDO in 2022, will assume an executive advisory role and drive strategic initiatives.

Ryan Smith, CEO of InTouch, acquired by MDO this year, has transitioned into a leadership role on the MDO product team.

Niki Stone-Johnson, who joined MDO in 2022 after serving in several leadership roles at Sabre, has been named chief product officer.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to join a company that is already impacting customers in transformative ways and is poised to have an increasingly profound impact on the hospitality industry,” said Chynoweth. “MDO has evolved from a document storage solution to an increasingly holistic hotel performance management platform. We’re excited to debut our next-generation business intelligence tools that will further enable our customers to drive both revenue and profit, with more to come from here.”

Added Moloo, “In 2012, we started providing one management company with three hotels a paperless night audit solution, and today we help more than 7,000 hotels store and analyze their documents and data and ultimately run more efficient businesses. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built and even more excited to welcome Vic to the MDO family to see where MDO can go from here as we continue to contribute to a more modern hospitality industry.”