Chief Commercial Officer
Robert McDowell is chief commercial officer for worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH). In this role, he is responsible for leading the development and execution of Choice’s growing global, multi-channel marketing and distribution strategy, as well as overseeing all direct distribution channels, revenue management, global sales and marketing channels, eCommerce, and all channel partner relationships. Mr. McDowell joined Choice in May 2011 and served as senior vice president for marketing and distribution before being named chief commercial officer in April 2016.
Prior to joining Choice, Mr. McDowell spent 15 years with United Airlines, where he was the managing director of distribution and E-commerce. As the acting director, Mr. McDowell formulated effective E-commerce and distribution strategies. In addition, he negotiated credit card fees and GDS budgets on behalf of the airline. Mr. McDowell also served as chief operating officer for C&H International, a $600 million international travel agency, overseeing the company’s daily operations.
Mr. McDowell earned his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and his bachelor’s degree from the New York Institute of Technology.
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