Hyatt Hotels Corp. has promoted Jim Tierney to SVP/development and owner relations for its Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands in North America. Tierney, who most recently served as VP of development and owner relations for those two brands for the eastern United States, will report to Pete Sears, group president for the Americas.
“Jim has the leadership skills and requisite experience to continue the fantastic growth that our developers and owners have created with the Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands,” Sears said. “The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands have their largest footprint in North America, and as they continue to grow around the world, it was clear we needed someone fully focused on the franchise and managed growth of these brands.”
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Tierney has been responsible for over 25 executed franchise and management agreements, including Hyatt Place New York City/Times Square, Hyatt Place New York City/Chelsea, Hyatt House Washington, D.C./The Wharf, and Hyatt House Virginia Beach/Oceanfront. Before he joined Hyatt in 2014, he worked at Choice Hotels International for more than 10 years, rising to director of development for Cambria Suites.
“The Hyatt Place and Hyatt House brands have a strong foothold in urban and dense suburban markets in the U.S., and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the talented select service development team as we continue to expand the brands’ presence in new markets across North America,” said Tierney.