Our Leadership

Stephen P. Holmes

 

Stephen P. Holmes

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen P. Holmes is chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies with operations in nearly 100 countries, and recently ranked by FORTUNE magazine as the most admired company in the hospitality industry.  

Prior to the formation of Wyndham Worldwide in 2006, Mr. Holmes was vice chairman and a member of the board of directors of Cendant Corporation, where he oversaw hotel franchise, vehicle rental, timeshare development, timeshare exchange, and vacation rental businesses. Earlier in his career, Holmes also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of HFS Inc. and managing director of The Blackstone Group.

In addition to his position at Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Holmes serves as a Vice Chairman of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Travel Business Roundtable. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University, and was honored as the 2007 Hall of Leaders inductee by the U.S. Travel Association.

Geoff Ballotti

 

Geoff Ballotti

President and Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Hotel Group

Geoff Ballotti is the president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group, responsible for the strategic direction, operation, growth and performance of the business, which employees more than 6,000 associates worldwide and is home to award-winning and highly recognizable lodging brands. Prior to his current role, Ballotti served six years as president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the global leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business. Previously, Ballotti spent 20 years in various leadership positions for both Europe and North America at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. Ballotti serves on the board of directors for Christel House International, a not-for-profit organization that supports impoverished children throughout the world. He speaks both French and Italian.

Gail Mandel

 

Gail Mandel

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Wyndham Exchange & Rentals

Gail Mandel is chief operating officer & chief financial officer for Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, which encompasses RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange, and Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business. Mandel has more than 20 years of financial and business experience in the hospitality industry. As COO & CFO, she oversees the overall global operations, strategy and financial reporting for Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. Prior to this role, Mandel held senior finance positions at Wyndham Worldwide, Cendant Corporation and HFS Incorporated. 

Franz S. Hanning

 

Franz S. Hanning

President and Chief Executive Officer 
Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Franz S. Hanning has served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership since our separation from Cendant in July 2006.  Hanning is responsible for the world’s largest developer and marketer of flexible, points-based vacation ownership products. The company’s four primary consumer brands — CLUB WYNDHAM®, WorldMark® by Wyndham, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific and Shell Vacations Club — together comprise more than 185 resort properties, representing approximately 23,000 vacation ownership units and serving more than 900,000 owner families worldwide. Hanning oversees all management, operations, strategic planning and growth initiatives, and leads a worldwide staff of more than 15,000 employees. Hanning first joined the company — then Fairfield Communities, Inc. — in 1982 as a sales professional, and has held a myriad of successful key leadership positions within the organization since that time.

Tom Anderson

 

Tom Anderson

Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Development Officer

Tom Anderson has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Development Officer since our separation from Cendant in July 2006. From April 2003 until July 2006, Mr. Anderson was Executive Vice President, Strategic Acquisitions and Development of Cendant's Timeshare Resort Group. From January 2000 until February 2003, Mr. Anderson was Senior Vice President, Corporate Real Estate for Cendant Corporation. From November 1998 until December 1999, Mr. Anderson was Vice President of Real Estate Services, Coldwell Banker Commercial. From March 1995 to October 1998, Mr. Anderson was General Manager of American Asset Corporation, a full service real estate developer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. From June 1990 until February 1995, Mr. Anderson was Vice President of Commercial Lending for BB&T Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Thomas G. Conforti

 

Thomas G. Conforti

Executive Vice President 
Chief Financial Officer

Thomas G. Conforti has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2009. Prior to his appointment to Wyndham Worldwide, Mr. Conforti was chief financial officer of DineEquity Inc., the publicly held company which is the franchisor and operator of restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. Earlier in his career, Conforti held a number of general management, financial and strategic roles over a ten-year period in the Consumer Products Division of the Walt Disney Company. He also held numerous finance and strategy roles within the College Textbook Publishing Division of CBS and the Soft Drink Division of Pepsico.

Mary R. Falvey

 

Mary R. Falvey

Executive Vice President 
Chief Human Resources Officer

As executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Wyndham Worldwide, Mary Falvey leads a wide range of human resources, marketing, corporate social responsibility, and operations functions across the global enterprise of approximately 27,800 associates in nearly 100 countries, including human resources, talent and leadership development, marketing and corporate communications, sustainability, diversity, philanthropy, employee health and wellness, security, real estate development, and facility operations. 

Prior to the spin-off which created Wyndham Worldwide, Falvey served in several senior leadership positions at Cendant Corporation, including executive vice president of global human resources for RCI and vice president of human resources for the hotel division.  Earlier in her career, she held various human resources positions at Nabisco. She also currently serves on the executive committee of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, one of Wishes by Wyndham’s signature charities, and as co-chair of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen, Passaic, and Sussex Counties in New Jersey. 

Scott G. McLester

 

Scott G. McLester

Executive Vice President 
General Counsel

Scott G. McLester has served as our Executive Vice President and General Counsel since our separation from Cendant in July 2006. Mr. McLester was Senior Vice President, Legal for Cendant from April 2004 until our separation from Cendant in July 2006. Mr. McLester was Group Vice President, Legal for Cendant from March 2002 to April 2004, Vice President, Legal for Cendant from February 2001 to March 2002 and Senior Counsel for Cendant from June 2000 to February 2001. Prior to joining Cendant, Mr. McLester was a Vice President in the Law Department of Merrill Lynch in New York and a partner with the law firm of Carpenter, Bennett and Morrissey in Newark, New Jersey.

Nicola Rossi

 

Nicola Rossi

Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

Nicola Rossi has served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since our separation from Cendant in July 2006. Mr. Rossi was Vice President and Controller of Cendant's Hotel Group from June 2004 until our separation from Cendant in July 2006. From April 2002 to June 2004, Mr. Rossi served as Vice President, Corporate Finance for Cendant. From April 2000 to April 2002, Mr. Rossi was Corporate Controller of Jacuzzi Brands, Inc., a bath and plumbing products company, and was Assistant Corporate Controller from June 1999 to March 2000. From November 1995 to May 1999, Mr. Rossi was Director of Corporate Accounting of The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. From 1988 to 1995, Mr. Rossi held various positions, from staff accountant to manager, with Deloitte & Touche LLP.