Narayan Out As Red Lion Chief

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Anupam Narayan is out as president and CEO of Red Lion Hotels. In a terse announcement this afternoon from the Washington-based chain, Jon Eliassen was named interim head of the company. Narayan's departure was only explained by saying his "employment ended on Jan. 13."

I wish Narayan all the best. At Red Lion and Best Western before, I always found him to be a serious, thoughtful and creative lodging industry leader. Perhaps he left on his own accord, but it doesn't sound like it. I sure, however, he'll be sought by another hotel company or even a business outside of lodging. If the latter is the case, then it is a serious loss for the hotel industry.

We'll provide additional details as we learn of them.

Eliassen is an independent director on Red Lion's board.

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