John Paul Nichols
Hospitality executive John Paul Nichols takes advantage of many opportunities for international travel. In his recent role as President and Managing Director with Group RCI, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, he oversaw the company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. John Paul Nichols held bottom-line responsibility for $663 million in revenue in this position. The company's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization under his administration amounted to $141 million. Furthermore, more than 6,000 business associates reporting to 7 distinct corporate entities ultimately reported to John Paul Nichols.
His previous position with RCI, as President and Chief Executive Officer of RCI International based in Beijing, China, awakened John Paul Nichols to the joys of collecting the works of contemporary Chinese artists. Mr. Nichols acquired pieces by Zhao Bo, Zhu Ming, Liu Bolin, and Xue Song. He especially enjoys the pop art paintings and sculptures of Wang Guangyi and the resin sculptures of former graffiti artist Zhang Dali.
Having grown up in Chile and Brazil, John Paul Nichols speaks both Spanish and Portuguese fluently. Naturally, he served RCI for a few years as President and CEO of the company’s Latin American and Caribbean division. Each year, his team exceeded earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) targets to achieve top performances in revenue generation.
John Paul Nichols regularly makes journeys to exotic lands with his partner, the writer Holly J. Hager. Most recently, they have visited Mongolia, Peru, and Bhutan. His previous work assignments with Group RCI, Cendant Corporation, Wingate Inns International, Inc., and Remington Hotel Corporation have placed him in Mexico, Texas, Florida, and New York, including in the Soho and Tribeca neighborhoods. Along with paintings and sculptures, Mr. Nichols has collected folk art, religious objects, and modern furniture.
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