Wyndham promotes two to executive committee

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has promoted Shilpan Patel to EVP, North America franchise operations, and Gustavo Viescas to president, LATAMC, and has elevated both to the company’s executive committee.

“A Wyndham core tenet is promoting from within thanks to our exceptional bench of leadership talent,” said Geoff Ballotti, president/CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “Both Shilpan in North America and Gustavo in Latin America are focused on delivering for our owners—existing and new—and I’m confident the relationships they’ve built over the years will continue to flourish as they take on these expanded roles.”

In his new role, Patel now oversees franchise operations, brand operations, franchise services and managed operations with a team spanning North America. He has held various finance, operations and franchise service leadership positions throughout his nearly 20 years at Wyndham, most recently responsible for leading its contract administration and relicensing efforts while driving economy retention rates across its brands.

Based in Buenos Aires, Viescas takes on the day-to-day management and success of Wyndham’s LATAMC region consisting of approximately 250 hotels in nearly 30 countries. He has been instrumental in growing the region including launching two new brands (Alltra and Registry Collection) and closing deals with strategic development partners like Playa Hotels & Resorts and Palladium Hotel Group, the company reports. He has held multiple roles of increasing responsibility over his past 25 years with Wyndham leading the finance, administration, reporting, planning and operations for both RCI and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.