Ernest (Ernie) Wooden Jr. has been named president and CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. He takes over the position previously held by Mark Liberman, who announced his retirement in May.
Wooden, currently head of his own hotel consulting practice, most recently was also executive vice president and senior managing director of the investment group that owns the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. He has also been executive vice president for global brand management for Hilton, which operates 3,000 hotel properties in 80 countries.
Wooden, who lives in Los Angeles, also has held senior management positions with Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Doubletree by Hilton and Promus Hotel Corp.
“Ernie has the industry experience and knowledge to help us grow our convention and tourism business,” says Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, “ensuring Los Angeles is a leading destination of choice for visitors around the world.”
Liberman spent 10 years as president of the L.A. bureau.