ROCKVILLE, Md. — Choice Hotels International, Inc. recently announced four leadership roles expected to advance the company’s corporate priorities and drive growth.

Scott Oaksmith has been promoted to senior vice-president of Real Estate and Finance. In this role, he will lead several strategic areas of the company, including real-estate investment and asset management, as well as the company’s treasury operations. As part of his new role, Oaksmith will also assume oversight of Choice’s business-intelligence group, where he will oversee the company’s data-analytics initiatives and promote a culture of data-informed decision-making.

Since joining Choice in 2002, Oaksmith has held numerous positions within the company, including controller, as well as senior vice-president of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer.

Raul Ramirez has been promoted to senior vice-president, head of International and Strategic & Financial Planning. Ramirez will assume leadership for all aspects of Choice’s international division, including building the overall strategic direction and expansion of the company’s international operations.

Prior to this promotion, Ramirez served as senior vice-president of International Strategic Planning and global head of Financial Planning and Analysis, where he led the finance, corporate-development and business planning of the international organization. Ramirez will continue to lead the company’s financial-planning function and assume oversight of Choice’s strategy group, where he will establish the long-range strategic and financial plans for the company. He’s been a key member of Choice since 2017, when he joined as the company’s vice-president of Strategic Finance and Financial Planning and Analysis.

Elizabeth Redmond has been promoted to Chief Accounting Officer, where she will be responsible for the company’s financial-reporting requirements and transforming several of the company’s critical functions, including corporate accounting; domestic and international accounting operations; financial reporting and accounting policy; and real-estate accounting.

Redmond joined the company in 2007 and has held various key roles in the finance department, most recently serving as vice-president of Financial Reporting and Accounting.

John Lancaster moves into the newly created position of regional vice-president, Emerging Markets, Franchise Development and Owner Relationships. In this role, he will lead Choice’s efforts to extend the opportunity of hotel ownership to underrepresented populations through the company’s one-of-a-kind emerging markets franchise-development program. The company awarded — and financially supported — 34 franchise agreements with minority and veteran entrepreneurs through this program last year. Lancaster will also lead the company’s reinstitution of an owners’ council specifically intended to represent and provide continued support and advocacy for these unrepresented hoteliers.

Lancaster has held various roles at Choice since 2011, including most recently as regional vice-president of Franchise Development, as well as director of Global Sales Sourcing and Solutions and director of Franchise Development for the mid-Atlantic, New England and emerging markets.


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