PLANO, TX—Thomas Song has joined Aimbridge Hospitality as CFO. He will succeed Judy Hendrick, who has announced her retirement for the first half of 2021 after 13 years as CFO of Aimbridge. Hendrick will continue to support Aimbridge in a consulting capacity working with Executive Chairman Dave Johnson on transformational growth projects.
As a member of the executive team, Song will be responsible for leading Aimbridge’s overall financial management and driving the company’s financial strategies. He will also play an integral leadership role in guiding data driven investment and business development strategies.
“As we proceed with the next phase of Aimbridge’s momentous growth plans, it is the opportune time to have Tom join us as CFO,” said Mike Deitemeyer, president/CEO of Aimbridge Hospitality. “Tom’s record of achievement in the hospitality sector and strong background in finance, M&A, development and franchising, along with his culture-driven leadership style, will add tremendous value as we scale up innovation and accelerate our growth in a very dynamic environment.”
Song most recently was CFO of Dine Brands Global Inc., a full-service dining company with 3,600 restaurants, including Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP. Prior to that, he was SVP of corporate development and innovation of Choice Hotels International Inc., where he led global M&A, real estate and strategic partnerships.
“I am pleased to join Aimbridge and return to the hospitality sector during a very dynamic time,” said Song. “Aimbridge’s leadership position as an asset-light hotel management company is the result of an impressive growth trajectory. I look forward to working with the team in providing the best in class services and solutions for owners.”
Earlier in his career, Song held positions in management consulting and investment banking. His 25 years of experience includes global financial management, M&A, strategy, investor relations and corporate growth initiatives within multiple industries such as franchising, hospitality, financial services and technology.