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 Jeff Senior Elected HSMAI's New Global Board of Directors Chairman
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MCLEAN, VA (Oct. 14, 2008) – The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)  announces Jeff Senior, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, as the new Global Board of Directors Chairman.  HSMAI Global board members elected Senior to the position at the Sept. 27 board meeting held in Oslo, Norway.

A 25-year veteran of the hotel industry, Senior previously held positions in both marketing and operations with Marriott Corp., Doubletree Hotels Corp., Kimpton Hotels and Restaurant Group and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts.

“As chair of HSMAI’s Global Board of Directors I will be able to work with the brightest minds from the best brands in the industry,” Senior said. “This opportunity comes at an exciting time for HSMAI with the new wave of chapter development in Asia and the Middle East, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue the momentum generated by my predecessors.”

The 2008 HSMAI Global Board of Directors also includes:

  • Dorothy Dowling – senior vice president, marketing and sales, Best Western International
  • Christian Gayet – senior vice president of sales, Accor North America
  • Ursula Hahn, CHME – managing director, HSMAI Mexico City Chapter
  • Jens Thraenhart – managing director, Chameleon Strategies
  • Arne Sundt-Bjerck – managing director, ASB Consult
  • Kjell Galstad – general manager, Online Services AS
  • Pamela Streeter – vice president of electronic distribution & marketing, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
About HSMAI Global
HSMAI is a global organization of sales and marketing professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry. With a strong focus on education, HSMAI has become the industry champion in identifying and communicating trends in the hospitality industry while operating as a leading voice for both hospitality and sales and marketing management disciplines, as well as connecting its members with customers. Founded in 1927, HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprised of nearly 7,000 members from 35 countries and chapters worldwide. HSMAI's Americas Region, headquartered in McLean, VA, consists of 40 chapters. HSMAI's European Region, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, consists of five national chapters in Europe. HSMAI Asia Pacific, headquartered in Singapore, is developing new chapters in Singapore, Hong Kong/Macau, and Thailand. Chapters are also under development in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Visit www.hsmai.org for more information.
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Contact:

Rachel Rosenberg
404-832-7711
rachel.rosenberg@edelman.com

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Also See: HSMAI Appoints Board of Directors and Executive Committee for 2007; Jack Schmidt, Destination Hotels & Resorts, Named Chair / January 2007
Bruce Himelstein and Ingunn Hofseth Will Lead HSMAI's Global Board; Not an Option, but an Obligation for HSMAI to to Intensify Worldwide Efforts / April 2002

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