Samuel E. (Ted) Knighton
President and Chief Operating Officer
Ted Knighton is president and chief operating officer for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, responsible for overseeing and integrating operations of the Company’s nearly 430 hotels worldwide which currently spans 10 countries. Through November 2011 he served as Interstate’s president of hotel operations, a position he held since 2006, responsible for Interstate’s North American portfolio, the company’s largest region.
A 25-year veteran of Interstate, Ted was previously executive vice president, operations-full service hotel division. Prior to that he was executive vice president of the Company’s investment fund/joint venture portfolio. Earlier, he served as executive vice president of operations for Interstate’s Crossroads division, encompassing hotels in the select-service, extended-stay, and mid-market segments.
Prior to joining Interstate Hotels Corp., a predecessor company, in 1990, Ted was vice president of operations for Radisson Hotels. He also has worked for Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Ted holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University.