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Pan Pacific Hotels Group Names Laurence Courtinat-Vernon as Vice-President, Brands
and Frances Koh as Director, Brands



Singapore, 15 September, 2009 - Pan Pacific Hotels Group has announced the appointment of Laurence Courtinat-Vernon as Vice-President, Brands. In addition, Frances Koh, formerly Brands Manager for the Group, is now Director, Brands.
 
The move is part of Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s commitment to put in place a strong and dedicated brands team as it expands the hotel portfolio for both its award-winning Pan Pacific and Parkroyal brands managed under the Group.
 
Laurence brings with her extensive experience in strategy, brands and revenue, as well as online marketing, e-commerce and consumer behavior. Her experience spanning retail, internet, leisure and hospitality industries, Laurence has worked with Disneyland Resort, Paris and leading European retailer Fnac.  She graduated with a Master of Arts in Business and Economics from H.E.C., France’s top business school.
 
In her new role, one of Laurence’s key priorities is managing the strategic review for both the Parkroyal and Pan Pacific brands, for which global branding strategist Interbrand has been appointed. The project is aimed at refreshing the brand propositions for Pan Pacific and Parkroyal to position them for future growth.
 
Frances, who joined the company in July 2008, has been instrumental in the areas of brand guidelines creation, marketing activities and providing marketing support for pre-opening hotels within the Group.  She boasts substantial regional experience and expertise in brands, having served in key marketing communications positions in Singapore, Macau and China with Hilton, Wynn Resorts and Sheraton.  Frances graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree specialising in International Marketing from The University of Melbourne in Australia.
 
“For us to become a leading branded hotel management company, it is of utmost importance that we have strong brands that can create value for our stakeholders. Laurence’s appointment as Vice-President, Brands, and Frances’ expanded role as Director, Brands reflects our commitment to this," said A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO, Pan Pacific Hotels Group. “We are extremely pleased to have their respective expertise and talent during this important period of Pan Pacific Hotels Group’s growth.
 
“It is a very exciting time for Pan Pacific Hotels Group with numerous opportunities for our two brands,” said Laurence Courtinat-Vernon. “Having strong brands is more critical than ever, especially in this challenging business climate, and I am thrilled to be managing our brand investments to achieve the best returns.”

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
Molly Blaisdell
PR Consultant 
(925) 388-0164
mocahill@aol.com

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Also See: Pan Pacific Hotels Group Names Anthony Lim as Area Director of Sales, Singapore / September 2009

Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts Appoints Steve Halliday to Executive Vice President, Development for North America / February 2009

Akihito Ikeda Appointed President of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts; Steve Halliday Appointed President of Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts North America / April 2005

Stephen Halliday Appointed SVP, Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts, America Inc. and GM Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver / Feb 2000
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