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The Irvine Company Resort Properties Names Thierry Grandsire
General Manager of The Resort at Pelican Hill
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Grandsire, who served as a senior executive at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company for 18 years, will join the ultra-luxurious
resort as general manager overseeing the destination's bungalows, villas, spa and retail space
  
Newport Coast, Southern California, October 29, 2007 - Thierry Grandsire, one of the luxury resort industry's savviest and most experienced executives, has joined The Resort at Pelican Hill as general manager.
 
Grandsire, a native of France who previously managed The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, is assuming responsibility for the resort's bungalows, villas, spa and retail space. Grandsire, 44, has been in the luxury hospitality industry for more than two decades. During his tenure, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, which frequently hosts heads of state and members of royal families, was named the best hotel in the Middle East at the DEPA awards, one of the industry's most prestigious honors. Prior to Doha, Grandsire served in senior executive roles at Ritz-Carlton properties in Pasadena, Marina del Rey and Laguna Niguel. He is a graduate of Nice University with a degree in economics.
 
Grandsire is one of the most sophisticated executives in the resort industry, both in terms of his business acumen and his unerring focus on excellent service, said Ralph Grippo, president of The Irvine Company's resort division. His addition to the team demonstrates The Irvine Company's commitment to creating a resort that is the finest in the world.
 
"The Resort at Pelican Hill will set a new standard in the luxury resort industry, with a breathtaking setting, beautiful architecture and a level of service that is unparalleled," Grippo said. "Thierry is a gifted leader, and I look forward to working with him to make our vision for the destination a reality."
 
The Resort at Pelican Hill is a masterpiece in the making, blending the principles of Italy's most renowned architect, Andrea Palladio, with California comfort and style. The resort will open in two phases; Pelican Hill Golf Club, with 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed golf and signature Pelican Grill restaurant, on Nov. 2, 2007; all other components, including luxurious bungalows and villas, function space for every type of event and a spa with 22 private treatment rooms, in fall 2008.
 
Grandsire began his new role this month. He joins Giuseppe Lama, previously the general manger of Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, who is serving as managing director and will lead the resort's food and beverage operations.
 
When in opens next year, The Resort at Pelican Hill will include 204 bungalow rooms and suites; 128 villas; a dramatic, circular pool with an amphitheater of terraced decks inspired by Rome's Coliseum;  world-class dining options including exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine; a 23,000-square-foot spa offering therapies from around the world; function space including a facility with a separate arrival area; a wedding chapel; and a golf club with two 18-hole, Tom Fazio-designed courses.
 
Easily accessible, The Resort at Pelican Hill is located just 10 minutes from Orange County's John Wayne Airport, 45 minutes from LAX, and adjacent to the famed shopping, dining and beaches of the chic seaside communities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
 
The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations in Newport Coast and the City of Irvine. In addition to The Resort at Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes The Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city's landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city's only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public course;  and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
 
For more information on the resort, please go to www.pelicanhill.com.
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Contact:

Marian Gerlich
P&G Communications
818-786-8687
pgworld@aol.com

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Also See: Ralph Grippo Named Managing Director of The Resort at Pelican Hill and President of The Irvine Company Resort Properties / July 2007
The Irvine Company Names Giuseppe Lama Managing Director of The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, California / October 2007
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