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Preferred Hotel Group Appoints Six New Executives,
Will Focus on Sales and Regional Leadership
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February 23, 2009 - Despite the current economic downturn, Preferred Hotel Group™ is continuing to invest in top talent with the appointment of six new executives.  The appointments reinforce its position as a global leader in the hospitality industry and mark a significant strengthening of the team worldwide.
 
John Ueberroth, chairman and CEO, Preferred Hotel Group, commented, “Preferred Hotel Group’s focus on sales and commitment to strong regional leadership sets us apart from the competition. This year will be very challenging, and the expanded executive team will enable us to work smarter as partners with our member hotels. I’m sure they will be fundamental to our success in 2009.” 
 
The six strategic new hires include:
  • Bruno Chiaruttini, Area Managing Director, Continental Europe: Bruno is based in the Barcelona office as Area Managing Director for Continental Europe.  Well-respected amongst fellow hoteliers, Bruno has spent most of his career in hotel sales and marketing positions including Intercontinental Hotel Group, Le Meridien, and most recently, Majestic Hotels.
  • Jonathan Newbury, Regional Director and Vice President of Brand Development, Central America: Jonathan is based in the Chicago office as Regional Director for Central America and Vice President of Brand Development.  He brings with him over 15 years’ experience in the hotel sector, with previous roles at Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Original Holiday, APS Select, Hilton International and Thistle Hotels.
  • Daniel Reid, Director of Global Sales, U.K.: Daniel is based in the London office as Director of Global Sales for the U.K.  His career began with FMCG sales with Coca-Cola, Reed Elsevier and Scottish & Newcastle before moving onto hospitality sales with Thistle Hotels and St. James’s Hotel & Club (a member of Preferred Boutique™).  Daniel’s most recent role in the hotel sector was with Profile Marketing.
  • Keisuke Kishi, Director of Global Sales, Japan:  Kishi-san is based in the Tokyo office as Director of Global Sales for Japan, bringing with him a strong senior sales background in Japanese luxury hotels.   Starting his career with Hilton, Kishi-san moved to the Park Hyatt Tokyo and later held the position of Assistant Director of Sales at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, prior to joining the team at Preferred Hotel Group.
  • Anna Jones, Director of Global Sales - Northern California: Anna is based in San Jose as Director of Global Sales for Northern California. Previous roles include Director of Sales for Hyatt Regency Monterey and later for The Lodge at Pebble Beach (a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts™).
  • Jason Schellenberg, Director of Leisure Sales, Europe: Jason is based in the London office as Director of Leisure Sales for Europe.  His background includes the role of Senior Sales Manager at the Old Course Hotel, St. Andrew’s (Scotland), and experience in the leisure, and meetings and incentive, agency markets.  Jason is an expert in the golf leisure market, and was previously Golf Sales & Marketing Manager at MacDonald Hotels & Resorts.
About Preferred Hotel Group™
 
Celebrating 40 years of excellence, Preferred Hotel Group is proud to be a global leader in the hospitality industry, delivering high-performance sales, marketing and technology solutions to more than 700 independent hotels and resorts in over 75 countries. Its family of brands represents a collection of the finest hotels in the world and include: Preferred Hotels® & Resorts (www.PreferredHotels.com), Preferred Boutique™ (www.PreferredBoutique.com), Summit Hotels & Resorts™ (www.SummitHotels.com), Sterling Hotels™ (www.SterlingHotels.com) and Historic Hotels of America™ (www.HistoricHotels.org). For more information please visit www.PreferredHotelGroup.com.
 
In Autumn 2007, the company entered the luxury real estate market with the launch of Preferred Residences™ – a membership and exchange programme for luxury shared ownership resorts that provides an exceptional level of service and amenities. Properties are held to exacting standards derived from the same Preferred Global Standards of Excellence™ on which the company has built its 40-year heritage in the hospitality industry.  For more information please visit www.PreferredResidences.com.
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Contact:

Jay Austin / Laura Mooney
Tel:  +1 (212) 284-9939
jaustin@mg-pr.com
www.PreferredHotelGroup.com
 

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Also See: Cavallo Point Lodge in Sausalito, California Named Preferred Hotel Group’s Hotel of the Year / November 2008
Preferred Hotels® & Resorts’ Adds 13 Hotels During First Quarter 2007 / April 2007
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