HTNG Names New Board Member From Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Monday, September 21, 2015
CHICAGO (September 21, 2015) Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the membership association that unites the world’s hospitality companies and technology innovators to solve industry challenges, announces an addition to its Board of Governors; Mark McBeth, Vice President IT at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
As a Vice President, Information Technology for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Mark McBeth is responsible for the development and support of property IT standards and strategies across Starwood’s nearly 600 hotels and resorts in North America. Mark is a seasoned industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, 35 of which have been dedicated to property technology. He began his IT career with Sheraton Hotels in 1980 and played an influential role in growing the brand’s IT footprint in North America through the 80s. He joined Westin Hotels in 1996 and has been with Starwood since the company’s formation in 1998. He is based in the company’s global headquarters in Stamford, CT.
"HTNG welcomes this new addition to the Board of Governors,” said Michael Blake, Executive Vice President and CEO of HTNG. “Starwood Hotels & Resorts is a major hotel company with a diverse portfolio of properties around the world. We are fortunate to have the support and representation from Starwood on our Board of Governors as we continue to foster relationships with technology vendors and encourage innovation going forward.”
About Hotel Technology Next Generation
The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality and other industry members including consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards. Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world's leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 21 top IT leaders from hotel companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for about three million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.