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Pan Pacific Hotels Group Appoints Mark Losi and
Ian Ekers to General Manager Posts


Singapore, 13 August, 2009 - Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointed Mark Losi General Manager of Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore and Ian Ekers as General Manager of Parkroyal on Kitchener, Singapore

A hotelier with a wealth of experience and successful track record, Mark Losi spent the last six years as General Manager of Parkroyal Penang, also managed by Pan Pacific Hotels Group. In his new appointment at Pan Pacific Orchard, Mark will oversee the 20-storey, 206-room hotel in the heart of the commercial, retail, dining and entertainment enclave of Orchard Road. Opened in February 2008, Pan Pacific Orchard is the brand’s second hotel in Singapore. 

“Mark’s transition across brands reaffirms our commitment to strategic human capital management and development,” said Mr. A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group. “Bringing together the Parkroyal and Pan Pacific brands achieves tremendous promise for cross pollination of our talent and best practices. With these opportunities, our people’s careers, knowledge and capabilities take on exciting dimensions in terms of potential development and progress.” 

Mark has extensive experience across various functions in the hospitality industry. Embarking on his career in 1983, Mark has progressed through a variety of rooms division-related appointments in cities that span Brisbane, Sydney, Ipoh, Penang, and now, Singapore.

“After leading the Parkroyal Penang team, I look forward to driving the success of Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore. With two brands managed by Pan Pacific Hotels Groups, associates can be motivated by the inherent potential of cross-brand career growth,” said Mark Losi. “Pan Pacific Orchard is a world class hotel located in the heart of the city’s prime shopping district. The well-appointed facilities and impeccable Pan Pacific service make this a hotel of choice for international travellers. We will very much be a key player in Singapore’s hospitality industry.” 

Ian Ekers, a highly experienced hotelier whose previous experience spans successful terms at Raffles the Plaza (now Fairmont Singapore), Ritz-Carlton, and Shangri-La, Ian, will oversee operations at the 534-room Parkroyal on Kitchener. 
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Mark Losi
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Ian Ekers
 
Ian returns to Singapore after close to three years as Resident Manager at Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. There, he developed new products and services for a differentiated experience at the resort hotel. This included the resort’s new executive ‘The Club’ floor, as well new F&B offering Ministry of Sound, which opened in July 2008. As Executive Assistant Manager at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, he was part of the team tasked with opening the group’s first hotel in Africa. Ian also played a key role in the opening of The Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore in the ’90s.
 

“As Pan Pacific Hotels Group expands its presence in the region, it is of great importance that we attract the best talents onboard,” said Mr. A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group. “We are thrilled to have Ian back in Singapore, and have his extensive management and operations background, excellent leadership skills, and drive for service excellence to leverage on. 

“It is great to be back in Singapore and leading the team at Parkroyal on Kitchener,” said Ian Ekers. “The hotel’s location in a bustling ethnic enclave in the city lends it great character and energy. I look forward to sharing the unique charms of the hotel with guests, as well as delivering the Parkroyal brand of hospitality to them.” 

About Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited 
Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited is a listed hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group Limited, one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies with an outstanding portfolio of investment and development properties. Based in Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotels Group owns, manages and/or markets over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites with over 10,000 rooms in Asia and North America including those under development. The Group comprises two acclaimed brands: Pan Pacific® and Parkroyal®. Pan Pacific ® is a leading brand in Asia and the Pacific Rim situated in key cities of distinguished destinations offering upper upscale accommodations and services. Parkroyal® is an upscale regional Asia Pacific brand which promises a lifestyle-approach to hospitality that will leave guests with an experience to remember. For more information, visit pphg.com 

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Contact:

Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Chan Hse May
Corporate Communications Manager
DID: (65) 6808 1265
Fax: (65) 6821 8001 
chan.hsemay@pphg.com

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Also See: The Integration of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts and Parkroyal Hotels & Resorts Concludes with Renaming Hotel Plaza Limited as Pan Pacific Hotels Group Limited / May 2009
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