EVP & Chief Development Officer
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Chip Ohlsson is executive vice president and chief development officer, North America, for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. In this role, he is responsible for the development strategy for Wyndham’s 20 brands across North America, identifying and building strategic partnerships to position Wyndham Hotels & Resorts in new markets and to optimize its presence in existing markets.
Ohlsson is also responsible for strengthening and expanding relationships with owners and key ownership groups including real estate investment trusts, developers and financial institutions with hospitality portfolios. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts partners with owners to convert high brand awareness into consistent revenue by maintaining a clear brand focus and enhancing brand equity to attract the next generation of travelers, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow their business.
A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Ohlsson brings with him hotel financing and portfolio management experience, as well as many established industry relationships. Most recently, Ohlsson served as vice president of North American development at Starwood Hotels & Resorts where he was responsible for the development and pipeline expansion for the company’s renowned hotel brands.
Prior to this, Ohlsson held several leadership positions across the industry including senior vice president, vice president and franchise sales director with Cendant/Wyndham. During this time he oversaw sales, business development and financial management initiatives and was consistently a top sales producer, earning accolades including Vice President of the Year among several other notable awards.