A former executive with Hilton Hotels Corp. has been named president and chief executive of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.
Ernest Wooden Jr., a former executive vice president for global brand management at Hilton, was named by the board Thursday to replace Mark Liberman, who retired last year.
Most recently, Wooden has worked in Southern California as a consultant to the hotel industry. Before that, he spent more than a decade in senior positions at Hilton.
Wooden is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management science from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J.