Concord Hospitality, the award-winning hotel management and development company currently operating over 140 hotels across North America, announces the appointment of Will Loughran as its new Chief Operating Officer effective April 22. Loughran will report to Concord Hospitality President & Chief Executive Officer Mark Laport. He succeeds Nick Kellock, who will retire in May after more than 15 years of dedicated service with Concord Hospitality.

“Will’s extensive knowledge of the industry and expertise across full-service, lifestyle, premium select-service and extended stay will only further boost our organization’s continued growth and success,” explains President & Chief Executive Officer, Mark Laport. “We are delighted to welcome Will to the Concord Hospitality team and believe his expertise will help us to further improve our operation excellence as we continue to deliver exceptional experiences for our guests, team members and neighbors.”

Loughran joins Concord Hospitality from Evolution Hospitality where he has served as President for the past few years having joined the company as Chief Operating Officer in 2015. With over 30 years of experience in the global hospitality industry, Loughran has a wealth of industry knowledge and has held executive roles at some of the most revered hospitality companies and hotel brands. Prior to his role at Evolution Hospitality, Loughran served as President at Richfield Hospitality where he oversaw hotel operations and supported their sister revenue management and reservations company, Sceptre Hospitality Resources. He also spent six years at Sage Hospitality Resources as Vice President Revenue Strategy, spearheading the Sage Sales and Revenue Summit and strategic planning. Loughran started his career at Marriott International where he held multiple leadership positions over his nearly two decades long tenure.

Loughran will ensure that all properties under Concord Hospitality management are operating efficiently and effectively, ensuring alignment of all parties’ mutual interests and goals, while simultaneously, working to develop and implement strategic plans for the brands growth and expansion. His expertise in international markets will also help Concord Hospitality to further expand their footprint particularly in Canada where the company already operates a number of highly successful hotels.

“I am looking forward to working with Mark and the rest of the team to build on the success and achievements of Concord Hospitality,” said Loughran. “With a focus on its associates and industry partners in its strategic growth plan, I am excited to be joining a tight knit organization that harbors an excellent reputation for its community-focused initiatives, integrity and is recognized as a top hotel operator and developer.”

Loughran holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Colorado State and a Masters in Business Administration from A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Originally from Colorado, Will is a dedicated adventurer, spending his spare time biking, hiking and traveling with his family.