Ernest Wooden, Jr.
A veteran hospitality industry executive, Ernest Wooden Jr. took the helm of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board in January, 2013 to oversee the global brand marketing and meetings and convention sales strategy for one of the most-visited and most-famous destinations in the world – Los Angeles.
Wooden has spent his entire career in the hospitality industry, including more than a decade in senior leadership positions in both global brand management and operations with Hilton Hotels Corporation. As Executive Vice President, Global Brand Management for Hilton, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., he led all worldwide branding initiatives for the well-known hotel corporation, working with 3,000 properties in 80 countries. His operations roles at Hilton included overseeing territories in Mexico, the Caribbean and across the U.S. In addition, Wooden has also worked with such top hospitality brands as Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree by Hilton and Promus Hotel Corporation. He has also been involved with global hospitality valuation, brand selection and investment analysis both as the Executive Vice President and Senior Managing Director at Alagem Capital Group, a privately owned, diversified investment group which owns the Beverly Hilton Hotel, amongst other high-profile properties, and as Chief Executive Officer of Creative Consulting, a company Wooden founded in 2010.
With a passion for global business management and understanding diverse cultures, Wooden is currently pursuing a doctorate from the International School of Management, Paris, France. He has studied international business on three continents with immersion experiences in Paris, France and Shanghai, China.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Wooden holds both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management science from Thomas Edison State College.
Los Angeles enjoyed record-breaking visitation in 2012, welcoming 41.3 million visitors from around the globe in 2012. As a global gateway for the United States, Los Angeles enjoys the second highest share of overseas visitors to the U.S. (13.1 percent) and welcomes more Chinese visitors than any other U.S. destination. Tourism is a leading industry in Los Angeles, supporting 386,000 jobs and contributing more than $16 billion in visitor spending to the local economy.
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board was created in 1977 as a private, not-for-profit business association. It is recognized as the official branding, sales and marketing organization for Los Angeles, responsible for developing leisure and meetings business for the economic benefit of the community.
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Ernest Wooden, Jr. President and CEO
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board