BWH Hotel Group appoints Lawrence M Cuculic as new President and CEO

Brings tremendous experience from his prior roles, military background and longstanding position within the Group

Lawrence (Larry) M Cuculic has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer by BWH Hotel Group's Board of Directors. Cuculic has been serving as Senior Vice-president and General Counsel for the company for 12 years and will assume his new role as President and CEO on December 1, 2021.

“Cuculic brings tremendous experience from his prior roles, military background and longstanding position within our organisation. He is a trusted and decisive leader whose collaborative and strategic approach will undoubtedly lead the company to even stronger financial success, driving positive growth for our hoteliers,” said Ishwar Naran, Board Chairman, BWH Hotel Group.

Cuculic takes the helm of the global hospitality powerhouse at a pivotal time in the company’s history. Under the leadership of outgoing President and CEO, David Kong, BWH Hotel Group has grown from one to 18 vibrant and exciting brands across every chain scale segment, from economy to luxury. Under Cuculic’s leadership, BWH Hotel Group is on track to continue leading the industry as a powerful global hotel company.  

“During my tenure with the organisation, I have had the great privilege of working alongside David Kong and witnessing the remarkable impact he has made on our company and the industry as a whole. I can only hope to live up to the legacy Kong is leaving behind and I am committed to ensuring the long-term success of our members and our organisation. I am fortunate to have the support of our board and one of the most successful senior executive teams in the industry. I am excited and look forward to working together with our board, our members, my colleagues, and our corporate associates to usher BWH Hotel Group into its next chapter,”  said Cuculic.

Before joining BWH Hotel Group, Cuculic was Senior Vice-president General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Wabash National Corporation. Previously, he has served as Vice-president Legal and Corporate Secretary for American Commercial Lines, Inc. and was a partner in the law firm Gambs, Mucker & Bauman. Before retiring from the US Army, he has served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer in various legal positions, including appointment as a military judge. Cuculic received his BS from the US Military Academy at West Point and his JD from Notre Dame Law School. He also earned an LLM degree from the US Army Judge Advocate General's School and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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