Journal Hotels Appoints Stephen Brandman as CEO

LOS ANGELES—Journal Hotels, a management company created by the owners of the Hollywood Roosevelt, has appointed Stephen Brandman as CEO.

Brandman previously served an integral role at the Hollywood Roosevelt when it launched under Thompson Hotels. In his new role as CEO, Brandman will oversee and direct the operations of Journal Hotels, which includes properties located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Palm Springs, CA. Additionally, Brandman will help grow the brand in strategic locations and new markets. Brandman was the co-founder and CEO of Thompson Hotels and Commune Hotels before selling his stake in the companies.

“I am delighted to be working with Stephen again as he was instrumental in helping launch the Hollywood Roosevelt several years ago and has great experience in building brands,” said Goodwin Gaw, co-owner of the Hollywood Roosevelt.

David Chang, co-owner of the Hollywood Roosevelt, added, “The desire to reinvent unique buildings like the Hollywood Roosevelt, the Bradbury and the MacArthur is one of our main focuses, while paying close attention to their historic value. We believe Stephen has that same appreciation.”

Brandman will also oversee Journal Hotels’ affiliated properties. The company’s latest acquisition in Chicago will be rebranded and renovated under Brandman’s direction this year. Other properties set for renovation include Two Bunch Palms Spa and Resort in Desert Hot Springs, CA, and the Hotel G in San Francisco, which will open a new restaurant in partnership with a Michelin-starred chef this spring.