HTNG has new leadership and CIO additions to governing board

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) has planned succession of its volunteer leadership and made several high-profile CIO-level additions to its board of governors.

Monika Nerger, chief information officer of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, succeeds Jeremy Ward as president of the association. Nerger has served on the Board of Governors since 2012 and as vice president since 2013. She has been active in HTNG for more than 10 years, having previously served as a forum and workgroup chair.

"Monika Nerger has been a great evangelist and supporter of HTNG, and no one is more qualified than she to take on the leadership role," said Douglas Rice, ceo of HTNG, who continues to manage HTNG's day-to-day operations.


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Richard Tudgay, vice president of IT for Omni Hotels & Resorts, was elected as vice president to fill the vacancy created by Nerger's appointment. Tudgay has served on the board of governors since 2009.

The succession plan was triggered by the departure of former president Jeremy Ward from his position as senior vice president of IT at Kempinski Hotels. Ward accepted a senior executive role with a technology provider, and HTNG's by-laws do not permit vendors to serve on its governing board or as officers.

In addition to the new officers, five hospitality industry IT leaders were elected to HTNG's board of governors. This volunteer group provides oversight, strategic direction and governance to the association. The five new governors are:

  • Emmanuel Clavé, group IT director of Rocco Forte Hotels.
  • Laurent Idrac, chief information officer of Accor.
  • Edward Malinowski, chief information officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
  • Bryan Steele, head of IT for the Royal Automobile Club.
  • David Velasquez, vice president of IT at Best Western International.


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