As executive vice president, Midscale Development, Americas, Nancy Johnson oversees business development efforts for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s midscale brands in the Americas including Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Park Inn by Radisson.
In addition to her many years of leadership in development for Carlson Hotels, she previously led Franchise Operations for full-service hotels and has served as executive vice president and brand leader for the company’s select service brands.
Before joining Carlson, Johnson was vice president and chief operating officer at Hospitality Development Corporation, and was employed with Brutger Companies, Inc., where she held various leadership positions.
Johnson was chair of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) board of directors for 2012. She is also the founding chair of the Women in Lodging Council for the AH&LA.
Johnson serves on the board of directors of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association; The Travel Partnership Corporation (TTPC), a consortium of travel industry organizations representing all key segments of the industry; and the board of U.S. Travel and Real Estate Roundtable. Johnson was named one of the 200 Most Powerful Women in Travel by Travel Agent magazine.
Johnson attended St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn., majoring in business marketing and St. Benedict College in St. Joseph, Minn., where she studied business management. She became a Certified Hotel Administrator in 1985 and received her Minnesota Real Estate License in 1988.