Travelodge chief of 10 years steps down

Hotel News - 25/07/2013

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The head of hotel chain Travelodge is stepping down after a decade in the company’s top role.

According to an official press release issued on Wednesday, chief executive Grant Hearn is to leave the position once the company’s board appoints a suitable replacement.

Hearn has been the firm’s chief executive since 2003, although took a hiatus from 2010 until 2012 when he acted as chairman. During his reign, he oversaw the company’s recent restructuring effort and helped to spearhead its current £57 million refurbishment scheme.

Prior to his time with the low-cost hotel chain, which operates more than 520 properties throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain, Hearst served as managing director for Hilton UK & Ireland, according to the release.

Travelodge chairman Brian Wallace said in a statement that Mr Hearn has brought “outstanding” leadership to Travelodge over the 12 years he has been with the company. He added that he was highly grateful that Grant opted to stay on as chief executive during the transition period.

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