Abhijit Patel

Abhijit Patel is Choice Hotels’ new vice president of marketing and distribution strategy and operations. Previously he was the company’s senior director of product management and operations.

In his new position, Patel will oversee the company’s marketing and distribution functions, including property management systems, third-party distribution channels and vendor relationships. Prior to joining Choice in 2015 as director of business planning, Patel conducted global marketing at Mars Drinks, a division of Mars Inc.

Patel also worked at GEICO insurance company previously. He has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Earlier this month, Choice Hotels International named Terri Ryan vice president of brand operations for Cambria Hotels.