IRVING, Texas, April 14, 2016 (hospitalitybusinessnews.com) — La Quinta Holdings Inc. announced today that John Cantele will be joining La Quinta as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective April 25, 2016. Mr. Cantele will join the Company from Hyatt Hotels Corporation where he served as the Global Head, Select Hotels. Angelo Lombardi and the Company have mutually agreed that Mr. Lombardi will step down as the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.
“We are excited to add John to our leadership team,” said Keith A. Cline, President and Chief Executive Officer of La Quinta. “John has extensive experience across all aspects of select service hotels, both managed and franchised. He was instrumental in growing multiple select service brands at Hyatt where he used his entrepreneurial approach as a longtime owner/operator to help optimize brand distribution and implement significant operational enhancements. We are confident that John will be instrumental in advancing our strategy to optimize financial performance over the long-term by executing on our initiatives to drive an exceptional and consistent La Quinta guest experience.” Mr. Cline continued, “We are very grateful to Angelo for all of his passion, hard work, and dedication to helping grow the La Quinta brand, and we wish him well.”