Aimbridge founder moving on from company

Aimbridge Hospitality founder Dave Johnson will be leaving the company he developed to pursue other external opportunities. 

Dave Johnson
Aimbridge Hospitality founder Dave Johnson (Aimbridge Hospitality)

In January, Johnson stepped aside from day-to-day operations and his role as CEO and handed the reins of the company to Mike Deitemeyer. Since that time, Johnson has held the position of executive chairman where he has focused primarily on strategic mergers and acquisitions.

“I am both humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented people over the years and could not be prouder of the success Aimbridge has achieved,” Johnson said. “And knowing my good friend and longtime colleague Mike Deitemeyer is at the helm affords me the opportunity to pursue my next venture knowing our owners, guests, and colleagues are in good hands.”  

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“Dave has been an industry icon for as long as I can remember and leaves quite a legacy behind,” said Deitemeyer, the company's president and CEO. “I’m grateful for both his partnership and friendship over the years and look forward to driving continued growth and success for Aimbridge as Dave ventures on.”
Aimbridge expanded its presence in North America earlier this summer with its acquisition of Grupo Hotelero Prisma, the largest third-party operator in Mexico. Aimbridge has a portfolio of more than 1,500 branded and independent properties in 20 countries and more than 60,000 employees.