Economy hotel band Red Roof appointed Ted Hutchins to the role of chief information officer. Hutchins brings a track record in information technology strategy, management and development, with a resume that includes significant experience in the hospitality sector.
At Red Roof, Hutchins will be responsible for establishing overall IT strategy and directing daily IT operations. He will oversee a broad range of technological advancements for the brand, with a focus on self-service development.
“Ted’s proven track record of innovative information technology strategy and implementation will be leveraged as we continually enhance our guest experience,” Andrew Alexander, president of Red Roof Inn, said in a statement. “Staying at the forefront of the IT space is more important than ever and Ted’s expertise will ensure that Red Roof remains a hospitality technology leader.”
Immediately prior to joining Red Roof, Hutchins served as CIO for All Aboard Florida, overseeing its South Florida-based high-speed rail system, Brightline, from 2014 to 2018. Responsibilities included delivering integrated guest experiences, managing technology buildouts and creating self-healing networks. Previously, Hutchins was VP of technology at Porter Airlines from 2011 to 2014, where he facilitated a transition from co-located data to a 100 percent cloud environment, overhauled guest Wi-Fi to meet increasing guest expectations and updated station and call center sales processes to comply with PCI-DSS standards. Hutchins’s career also includes stops at AirTrain Airways, Sabre and US Airways.
Red Roof is a leader in the economy lodging industry with franchised, corporate-managed and corporate owned properties, serving millions of guests each year. Red Roof has more than 500 properties in the U.S., and the company is also expanding internationally to Brazil, Canada, Thailand and Japan.