Xn protel Systems Group Limited is delighted to announce that Douglas Rice has joined the Board of Xn protel Systems in the role of Non-Executive Director.
Greg Spicer, Chief Executive of Xn protel Systems, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Douglas to the Board of Xn protel Systems. Douglas has an unrivalled level of experience in the hotel technology industry and will make a huge contribution to the planning, development and long term growth of our global business. Douglas brings to Xn protel Systems a tremendous breadth of technical and business domain expertise.
The timing of Douglas joining our Board of Directors could not be better, as we begin to plan the North American launch of protel Air, our new native cloud PMS and xmsEnterprise Cloud Reservation System.”
Douglas Rice commented:
“I am very excited to be joining Xn protel Systems. Since leaving HTNG I have been looking for a limited number of high quality companies to work with at a strategic level. Now more than ever, top-end global hotel companies are searching for next-generation PMS, CRS, and POS solutions that can meet the needs of luxury hotels and that are supported globally.
Xn protel Systems is well established in the global 5-star market, is already present in more than 50 countries, and has an excellent product portfolio and development team. The company is well positioned to become a market leader, and I look forward to working closely with Greg and his colleagues and helping to contribute to the next stage of the company’s growth.”
Douglas Rice is an industry leader in the global hospitality technology industry, and now advises hotels, technology providers, and investors on strategic technology planning, market development, funding, and mergers and acquisitions.
He is best known for his role as a founder of the global non-profit industry association Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), Douglas served as its first chief executive, growing HTNG over his 11-year tenure from a start-up all-volunteer effort to a global industry association with thousands of members, a multimillion dollar annual budget, and nearly a dozen full-time staff.
Douglas was inducted into the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame in 2012 and is the only recipient of the Lifetime “Most Valued” Award from the China Hospitality Technology Alliance. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences around the world and has authored dozens of published articles.
Douglas’s experience prior to HTNG includes: ten years as President of Stratus Management Group, Inc., a boutique consulting firm focusing on strategic hotel technology, marketing and operational issues for global hotel companies and hospitality technology vendors; eight years as managing consultant and Vice President at The Graycon Group, Inc. (predecessor company to TravelClick); four years in various marketing management positions at United Airlines; and six years as senior economist and consultant at Data Resources, Inc. and Wharton Econometrics (both now part of IHS GlobalInsight).
Douglas earned his Bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in Economics and distinction in Mathematics at Dartmouth College. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree with highest distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar.