Aimbridge Names Mellinger Global CISO; More People News

NATIONAL REPORT—Aimbridge Hospitality has picked a new leader for its global information security, while more people are being recognized.

Mellinger New CISO at Aimbridge
Aimbridge Hospitality has named Roy Mellinger global chief information security officer (CISO), responsible for data security.

Before joining Aimbridge earlier this year, he was CISO/SVP of risk and security for Sabre GLBL, a leading technology provider to the airline, hotel and travel industry.

“Adding Roy’s caliber of expertise reinforces our commitment to enhance value for our owners and corporate support for our hotels, especially so during a difficult year,” said Andrew J. Arthurs, hospitality chief information officer, Aimbridge. “Roy brings industry experience and leadership to our cybersecurity team at a critical time when information security is top of mind for our owners and industry partners.”

In his role, Mellinger is responsible for implementing baseline protection strategies, enhancing network security and raising the bar on cyber protection and safeguarding measures. He prioritizes security initiatives and collaborates with the extended technology teams to consolidate initiatives for merging systems, infrastructures and security solutions for the organization. He also establishes information security programs and safeguard measures for corporate and hotel properties. As part of merger integration and synergy strategies, he assumed responsibilities for corporate compliance, risk and privacy management, including PCI, CPA and GDPR programs.

He previously served in principal, SVP and VP roles at The Shield Group, Sabre GLBL Corporation and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Historic Hotels of America Recognizes Turkel
Stanley Turkel has been named the recipient of the Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award for 2020. This is the third time Turkel has won this award.

Turkel is a champion of history and, especially, of historic hotels. Through his many books, he has made an extraordinary contribution to documenting the great histories and stories of the most iconic and legendary hotels built over the past 200-plus years.

The Historic Hotels of America Historian of the Year Award is presented to an individual for making a unique contribution in the research, and presentation of history and whose work has encouraged a wide discussion, greater understanding and enthusiasm for history and our nation’s heritage. Importantly, as the author of 10 books about iconic and legendary historic hotels, Turkel has helped to preserve the stories of their owners, their architects and their famous guests.

Allbridge Appoints Todd Johnstone CEO
Todd Johnstone will join the hospitality technology firm Allbrigdge as CEO, succeeding Dave O’Connell, who will continue as a member on the company’s board of directors. This transition marks the achievement of a key goal of the company’s strategic plan established at the end of 2019.

Johnstone brings extensive senior executive experience in the managed services industry, most recently as CEO of Global Knowledge. Additionally, his tenure included president of Convergys, SVP at Avaya, and senior executive at General Electric.

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