A Message from Our President and CEO
This June marks a major milestone – five years of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts making hotel travel possible for all. As we look ahead, our commitment to our values, which include Integrity, Accountability, Inclusivity, Caring and Fun, will continue to inspire our team members and owners to make the world a more diverse, inclusive, and sustainable place for future generations.
As the world’s largest hotel franchising company with over 9,000 hotels spanning more than 95 countries, Wyndham has the unique opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the world. When we think about doing good, we think about what we can do for the communities in which we live and operate.
Wyndham is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for our people, partners and owners – a place to share our similarities and celebrate the differences that make us stronger. For the second consecutive year, Forbes named Wyndham to its list of America’s Best Large Employers and Newsweek recognized the Company on its list of America’s Greatest Workplaces for 2023 for Diversity, highlighting our award-winning corporate culture. We also had the pleasure of earning a spot on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity in 2023.
For the first time ever, Dow Jones Sustainability World Index recognized Wyndham for its sustainability and social practices and performance. Additionally, the Company was named one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere for the third time, demonstrating best in class ethics, compliance, and governance practices. While recognition validates that the work we are doing is making a difference, it also inspires us to accomplish more as we continue our journey.
Beyond awards, it’s what we do to make a difference in our own industry. In the last year, Wyndham unveiled first-of-its-kind programs Women Own the Room and BOLD By Wyndham to advance and empower women and Black entrepreneurs, developers, and owners on their path to hotel ownership. To date, we’ve awarded more than 50 hotel development agreements in support of aspiring hoteliers who historically have not had the support system or resources in place to succeed in hospitality. And in one short year, we’ve seen nearly a dozen of these hotels open. We can and will do more on this front.
As a hospitality company, serving the community is in our DNA, and we’re guided by our “Count on Me®” service culture. In 2022, Wyndham contributed over $1 million in cash donations as well as in-kind donations of more than 31 million Wyndham Rewards points supporting myriad charitable efforts around the world. This includes global efforts such as responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine through our partnership with Save the Children and supporting the efforts of the Red Crescent in Turkey and Syria following the recent earthquakes. In our local communities, Wyndham team members volunteered more than 1,500 hours through our signature WISH days, allowing team members time off to give back to organizations near and dear to them.
At Wyndham, we believe in the power of travel and the power of connection, and it’s our responsibility to make a positive impact on the communities where we exist. We look forward to sharing this philosophy with travelers across the globe as we continue our journey in the years ahead.
Geoff Ballotti (he/him/his)
President and Chief Executive Officer
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts