Dolce Hotels Names Steven A. Rudnitsky President and CEO

Montvale, N.J.-based Dolce Hotels and Resorts has selected Steven A. Rudnitsky, former CEO of Wyndham Worldwide's Hotel Group, as its new president and CEO, it announced this week. Effective Dec. 8, Rudnitsky will be in charge of driving worldwide growth for Dolce, which plans to double within five years its existing portfolio of 23 hotels, resorts and meeting centers in the United States, Canada and Europe.

"[Steven Rudnitsky was chosen for his] proven CEO capabilities, his knowledge of the hospitality industry, including the meetings segment, his understanding of the importance of branding, his commitment to reinforcing the people-centric culture of the company and his ability to maximize a company's value proposition in the best and worst of times," said Andy Dolce, founder, chairman and managing director of Dolce Hotels and Resorts. "His track record for building collaborative teams, identifying opportunities, developing acquisition strategies and bringing them to close is exactly what Dolce Hotels and Resorts needs to continue its leadership position as the preeminent hospitality company specializing in the global meetings market."

During his six years as president and CEO of Wyndham Hotel Group, Rudnitsky launched one of the travel industry's largest loyalty programs, acquired four brands, and negotiated multiple domestic and international management contracts. In the midst of the hospitality downturn brought on by Sept. 11, he is credited with having improved Wyndham's brand performance and expanding its portfolio.

During his first 100 days as CEO of Dolce, Rudnitsky says he will visit as many Dolce properties as possible in order to develop short- and long-term goals and strategies for the company.

"I am impressed by what Dolce Hotels and Resorts has been able to accomplish," Rudnitsky said in a statement. "The Dolce brand is a leader in the meetings industry, having pioneered a conference center concept that delivers inspiring, productive environments for meetings. With the continued support of Broadreach Capital Partners [which purchased a majority stake in Dolce last year], we have every reason to be optimistic about our growth targets and our goal to make the Dolce name known around the world."

Prior to joining Wyndham, Rudnitsky worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including Kraft, Nabisco and Pillsbury, as well as PepsiCo and Johnson & Johnson. During his 30-year career, he's served as chairman of the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council and as a member of the Travel Business Roundtable, the New York University Hospitality Industry Investment Conference planning committee and the University of Delaware School of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Advisory Board.

For more information about Rudnitsky, who has recorded a video message about his appointment, visit www.dolce.com.