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Brian Kirkland

Chief Information Officer

Brian Kirkland is Chief Information Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the largest and most successful lodging franchisors in the world. In this role, he oversees the company’s Information Technology organization, and is responsible for leading overall IT strategy, infrastructure and development, all aligning with Choice’s business objectives and strategic roadmap.

Mr. Kirkland joined Choice Hotels in 2015 as Vice President of Engineering, assuming his current position in 2018. Under his leadership, Choice launched a multi-year cloud transformation and migration strategy and became the first major hotel company to commit to going all-in on the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS). During his tenure, Mr. Kirkland also led engineering development and operations at the company’s Phoenix-based technology headquarters and oversaw Choice’s successful design and launch of the industry’s first new global reservation system in 30 years, choiceEDGE, as well as multiple successful acquisition integrations.

Prior to joining Choice, Mr. Kirkland held key leadership positions at the leading technology companies GoDaddy and Media Temple (acquired by GoDaddy in 2013), as well as engineering and architecture positions at Hewlett-Packard and Intel.

Mr. Kirkland holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University’s W.P Carey School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in computer science from Arizona State University. He is a founding board member with SustainableIT.org, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization focused on advancing sustainability through technology leadership. He is a member of the Executive Leadership Group for Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Arizona’s Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC) and Arizona State University’s Executive Council for the Department of Information Systems.

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The Radisson brands, including Park Plaza, Country Inn & Suites, and Park Inn by Radisson, are owned in the Americas regions by Choice Hotels.
Outside of the Americas, the brands are owned by Radisson Hotel Group, an unaffiliated company headquartered in Belgium.