Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Distribution
Scott Gibson is the Chief Information Officer and the Senior Vice President of Distribution. Scott leads the Information Technology team, and also is responsible for global electronic channel distribution, central reservations delivery, and for providing strategic consulting and planning services to the Board and the senior management team.
Gibson joined Best Western in 2005, bringing to this role more than 22 years of experience in the hotel industry and hotel information technology, along with a track record and reputation for planning and producing solid technology solutions and capabilities.
Gibson has held a variety of leadership positions throughout the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Kerzner International Resorts, Inc. His primary responsibilities at Kerzner included driving technology leadership for the company's Paradise Island, U.S., and international operations, encompassing the Atlantis resort and casino and the One & Only Resorts super upscale resort brand.
Gibson has also previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Cendant Corporation's hotel division, where he was responsible for delivering the technology needs for the hotel division and its nearly 6.000 franchisees. While with Cendant, he oversaw the consolidation of technology operations for Travelodge and Super 8 into the Cendant technology infrastructure, and led the development and roll out of integration with property systems at all 6,000 Cendant brand hotels.
Gibson began his hotel technology career with Ramada, working in data center operations and as a programmer, and followed that with a six-year term with Anasazi, where he managed projects to develop and deliver custom reservation systems to four major hotel companies. From Anasazi, Gibson moved on to Red Lion Hotels and Inns, were he served as the Director of Reservations Systems, and led the effort to build and launch a new reservation system for the Red Lion brand.
Gibson is married, with one grown son. As a child, he grew up in Ethiopia, Panama, Greece, Italy, and Washington, D.C., and served in the U.S. Army in Hawaii, New Zealand, Japan, and Korea.