NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2011 -- Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (TSI) (Nasdaq:CLUB), a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, announced today Paul Barron has been named Chief Information Officer. In this role, Mr. Barron will be responsible for developing and driving information strategy and innovation. He will report directly to Robert Giardina, TSI's CEO.
Most recently, Mr. Barron was vice president of global accounts for Newmarket International, the leading software company for hospitality sales automation. Mr. Barron was responsible for developing and implementing key business strategy to drive organizational growth. Prior to his tenure at Newmarket, he served as vice president of IT solutions, property operations at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Barron led a team of IT professionals in delivering solutions and lifecycle management in 900 properties across 100 countries, with a particular emphasis on technologies used directly by the customer. He was also responsible for the technologies that supported several corporate functions including sales, brand marketing and business development. While at Starwood, Mr. Barron led the implementation of Starwood's most recent CRM system as well as the company's first intranet.
"Paul's experience running IT organizations will be a key enabler in positioning TSI as a more agile business and business partner, while further elevating the role of IT,” said Robert Giardina. “I look forward to working with Paul and leveraging his technical expertise to improve the customer experience.”
"I am excited to be a part of the TSI team and to partner with them to reinforce a customer-centric approach to the solutions delivered by the IT team," said Mr. Barron.
About Town Sports International Holdings, Inc.:
New York-based Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 160 fitness clubs as of December 31, 2010, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs, 18 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. For more information on TSI, visit http://www.mysportsclubs.com.