White Lodging adds two execs

White Lodging, one of the country’s largest privately held hospitality companies focused exclusively on urban, experiential and lifestyle hotels, has made two new senior-level appointments. AJ Brow takes on the company’s chief HR officer position and Joe Pagone, veteran Kimpton Hotels executive, joins as regional VP.

Brow is tasked with modernizing White Lodging’s strategic HR capabilities and executing initiatives to support its Associate Promise, which is to “create an environment where associates can be their best selves through ongoing training, development and mentoring,” according to the company.

He joins the company from NiSource, one of the largest fully regulated gas and electric utility companies in the country. Most recently, he oversaw all HR business partners and labor relations as VP. Previously, Brow worked in VP, director and manager-level roles at global organizations including CNA Insurance, AON, W.W. Grainger, Accenture, Sears Holdings and Target Corporation.

Joe Pagone

Pagone reports to White Lodging COO David Lanterman and oversees a portfolio of urban and lifestyle hotels across the country, including the company’s first Kimpton hotel in San Antonio. He is a veteran luxury and lifestyle hospitality executive with food and beverage experience. He joins White Lodging from Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where he spent the last 14 years at Hotel Allegro and Hotel Palomar in Chicago, Hotel Monaco in Baltimore and the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin.

Most recently, Pagone was a member of Kimpton’s executive team and served as VP of hotel and restaurant operations with responsibility for 48 company-managed hotels.