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 The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena, California
Appoints Jorgen Christensen, Director of Sales & Marketing
and Jim O’Connell, Director of Sales


PASADENA, Calif. – May 28, 2009 – The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa is pleased to announce the appointment of Jorgen Christensen and Jim O’Connell to integral positions within its sales team. Each brings a significant amount of hospitality and sales experience which will continue to strengthen The Langham’s sales efforts locally, regionally and nationally.

Jorgen Christensen joins The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa as Director of Sales & Marketing where he will oversee the sales and marketing efforts at the hotel. In 2008, Mr. Christensen was Director of Sales & Marketing for The Langham Place in Beijing, China, where he led the sales efforts during the pre-opening stages of the hotel. He also served as Director of Sales & Marketing for The Langham, Hong Kong, where he was largely responsible for restructuring the sales team and further penetrating international sales efforts for the hotel. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Christensen worked as Director of Sales & Marketing during the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel in Guangzhou, China, a 704-room hotel near the Guangzhou International Convention Centre. Prior to that position, Mr. Christensen got his start with Langham Hotels International working simultaneously for Eaton Hotels and The Langham Place, Hong Kong, serving as Director of Sales & Marketing during the opening stages.
 
Mr. Christensen has been in the hospitality industry since 1987, working for StarTour, a Scandinavian tour operator, where he guided tours throughout France, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Thailand, the Maldives and Florida, in the U.S. He studied Hotel Management at the IHTTI School of Hospitality Management in Neuchatel, Switzerland and got his Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Management from Bournemouth University in England.
 
Jim O’Connell joins The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa as Director of Sales where he will oversee the group sales and the business travel departments. Mr. O’Connell has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry – 18 of which have been with Marriott International, holding key positions at the JW Marriott in Atlanta, Marriott’s Grand Hotel, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Alabama, and Marriott’s Marco Island Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Marco Island, Florida. Mr. O’Connell was also with Gaylord Oryland Hotel in Nashville, the largest hotel in the United States outside of Las Vegas, and the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta. Mr. O’Connell is a Certified Meeting Professional since 1994 and was named Associate of the Year in 1993 by the Florida Society of Association Executives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and General Management from Boston College.
 
“I’m pleased to welcome Jorgen Christensen and Jim O’Connell to The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa. These key appointments will strengthen our sales efforts and further the Langham brand as an emerging global luxury hotel company,” said Martin Nicholson, Managing Director at The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa.

About The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa

Capturing the grace and elegance of a bygone era, The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa is a AAA Five Diamond hotel located at the base of the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains, just nine miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in beautiful Pasadena. A renowned Pasadena landmark since 1907, the property features 380 guestrooms including 38 suites and eight cottages.  It is the only AAA Five Diamond hotel in Pasadena and features a Michelin Star restaurant overseen by celebrated Chef de Cuisine Craig Strong, and an award-winning spa.

About Langham Hotels International & Affiliates

Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel.  For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality.  Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience. 
 
The group is pursuing an aggressive portfolio growth strategy using its distinctive brands and affiliate – The Langham, Langham Place and Eaton. Currently, 15 hotels, including affiliates, are open or in the pipeline across four continents.
 
The Langham is where guests can enjoy service with poise and be enchanted by our innovation and traditions while Langham Place, the fun sibling of The Langham, is about living the 21st century through design, technology and attitude, epitomizing stimulating and artistic hospitality 
 
Eaton, a premium four-star affiliate property, aims to surprise and delight our guests with a value-for-money proposition that delivers a stylish, modern level of comfort with spirited, can-do service. 
 
Langham Hotels International is a wholly-owned company of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

Reservations for Langham hotels can be made by logging onto langhamhotels.com or eatonhotels.com.
EUROPE: 
The Langham, London
 
INDIA:
Langham Place, Koregaon Park, Pune (2010)
  
ASIA: 
Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong 
Eaton Hong Kong 

NORTH AMERICA: 
The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena

China
Langham Place, Beijing (2009) 
Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport (2009) 
The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, Shanghai (2009)
Langham Place, EDZ, Guangzhou (2010) 
 
PACIFIC:
The Langham, Auckland
Langham Place Vineyard Resort + Spa, Waiheke Island, Auckland (2010) 
The Langham, Melbourne 
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Contact:

Sherona Shng
Vice President - Communications
Langham Hotels International
Tel: (852) 3552 3938
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: sherona.shng@langhamhotels.com

Ainslie Cheung
Director of Public Relations (International)
Langham Hotels International
Tel: (852) 3552 3823
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: ainslie.cheung@langhamhotels.com
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Also See: Langham Hotels Opens First Boutique Hotel - The Langham, Yangtze Boutique, in Shanghai; Stefan Heintze the Opening General Manager / May 2009

The Langham in London Restored to its Original Elite Status Following a Two Year £80 million (US $116 million) Restoration / February 2009

Hong Kong’s Great Eagle Hotel Is Renamed The Langham Hotel Hong Kong After The London Legend / September 2003

Great Eagle Holdings Limited Completes Acquisition of the 380 room Ritz-Carlton Huntington for $170 million; Pasadena Landmark Rebranded The Langham, Huntington Hotel & Spa / January 2008
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