BWH Hotel Group® Announces New President and CEO, Lawrence M. Cuculic


PHOENIX, October 7, 2021 / PRNewswire / – BWH Hotel Group today announced that Lawrence (Larry) M. Cuculic was appointed president and chief executive officer by the board of directors of the company. Cuculic was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Company for 12 years and will assume his new role of President and CEO on December 1, 2021.

“Along with my colleagues on the Board of Directors, I have great confidence in our decision to appoint Larry our new President and CEO,” commented Ishwar Naran, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BWH hotel group. “Larry brings considerable experience from his previous role, military background and long-term position with our organization. Larry is a trusted and decisive leader whose collaborative and strategic approach will undoubtedly lead the company to even stronger financial success, resulting in positive growth for our hoteliers. “

Cuculic takes the helm of the global hotel industry at a pivotal moment in the company’s history. Under the direction of the outgoing President and CEO, David Kong, BWH Hotel Group has grown from one to 18 dynamic and exciting brands in all segments of the chain, from economy to luxury. The company is posting successive RevPAR growth records, peaking at 113.9 in 2021, along with industry-leading guest and hotel satisfaction levels. Under Cuculic’s leadership, BWH Hotel Group is on track to continue leading the industry as a powerful global hotel company.

“It is a true honor to be selected as the next President and CEO of BWH Hotel Group by our esteemed Board of Directors,” said Cuculic. “During my tenure within the organization, I had the great privilege of working alongside David Kong and witness the remarkable impact it has had on our business and the industry as a whole. I can only hope to live up to the legacy David leaves behind and I am committed to ensuring the long-term success of our members and our organization. I am fortunate to have the support of our Board of Directors and one of the most successful executive teams in the industry. I am delighted and look forward to working with our Board of Directors, members, colleagues and associates to bring the BWH hotel group into its next chapter. “

“I am happy to hand over the reins of BWH Hotel Group to my long-time colleague, Larry Cuculic, “comments David Kong, President and CEO, BWH Hotel Group. “I have worked alongside Larry for 12 years and have been continually inspired by his thoughtful leadership and strategic thinking. Throughout his tenure, Larry has gained valuable experience through a wide range of responsibilities, including our central reservations and contact centers. many areas of our business and is well loved and respected throughout the organization. Larry is the ideal candidate for the position of President and CEO. He is the right person to lead our organization during the recovery phase of the pandemic and to take advantage of new opportunities.I have no doubts that with our strong team of senior executives, Larry will lead to even greater success for BWH Hotel Group and our hoteliers in the years to come.

Prior to joining BWH Hotel Group, Cuculic was Senior Vice President, General Litigation and Corporate Secretary of Wabash National Corporation. Previously, Cuculic was Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary of American Commercial Lines, Inc., and was a partner at Gambs, Mucker & Bauman law firm. Prior to retiring from the United States Army, Cuculic served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s corps in various legal positions, including appointment as a military judge. Cuculic received his BS from American Military Academy at West Point and his JD from the Faculty of Law of Notre Dame. He also received an LL.M. Graduated from the US Army Judge Advocate General’s School and graduated from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

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About the BWH hotel group®:
BWH Hotel Group is a leading global hotel network of three hotel companies, including WorldHotels ™ Collection, Best Western® Hotels & Resorts and SureStay Hotel Group®. The global network includes approximately 4,700 hotels in more than 100 countries and territories around the world *. With 18 brands in all segments of the chain, from economy to luxury, BWH Hotel Group caters to the needs of developers and clients in all markets. For more information, visit,, and

* Figures are approximate, may fluctuate and include hotels currently under development.

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