HTNG names Michael Blake to succeed Douglas Rice as CEO

Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) has named Michael Blake to succeed Douglas Rice as its executive vice president and CEO. Blake will start immediately, and will assume the CEO title when Rice retires on Aug. 1. HE has been an active HTNG supporter since shortly after joining Hyatt Hotels Corp. as its CIO in 2009. Blake served on HTNG’s board of directors from 2010 through early 2015, and as treasurer from 2012 through early 2015.

Blake’s history includes roles as CIO at Commune Hotels + Resorts as well as Hyatt, and senior financial positions at First Data Corp., Kaiser Permanente, Sears, and United Airlines.
HTNG’s CEO oversees day-to-day operations of the organization and supervises a staff of nine professionals. The position reports to an all-volunteer board of governors and president, drawn from top-level IT executives from 21 hotel groups from around the world.
Blake succeeds Rice, who was a founder of HTNG in 2002 and later became its first permanent staff executive. Rice has served nearly 11 years in his current role, growing the organization from a grass-roots startup to its current position as the leading trade association serving hospitality technology globally. Rice will retain the title of founder and CEO emeritus after his retirement from HTNG.

“I have been incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to work with so many dedicated people over the years,” Rice said. “It’s the right time to make way for the next generation of leadership, and I am fully supportive of Mike Blake as my successor. While he has the challenges of running the organization after August, I will still look forward to supporting him, and the organization, as a volunteer for many years to come.”

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