ROCKVILLE, Md. — Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Patrick Pacious will take on the role of president and CEO of Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Pacious, who serves as president and COO, will succeed current CEO Stephen Joyce, who will continue in his role as CEO through the end of the year, after which he will assume the role of vice-chairman of the board. Pacious is expected to join the Board of Directors in September.
The appointment is the culmination of a long-term succession-planning process, focused on maintaining leadership continuity, while driving new ideas that result in continued positive business growth now and into the future. Over the past several years, Joyce has collaborated with the Board of Directors to identify and prepare his successor.
Pacious joined Choice in 2005. He has led strategies and innovative growth initiatives around brand, marketing, development, franchise services, revenue management and performance analytics. This includes the company’s growth in the upscale segment with both Cambria Hotels and The Ascend Hotel Collection, as well as the transformation of the Comfort brand.