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NEW YORK, March 9, 2016 –The New York City landmark hotel The Knickerbocker, located at the edge of Times Square and near Bryant Park, announces the appointment of Shawn Hauver as the new Managing Director. In this role, Hauver will be responsible for driving overall operations and guest satisfaction of the luxury hotel’s 330 guestrooms, signature restaurant and bar Charlie Palmer at The Knick, rooftop bar St. Cloud, ground level café, Jake’s and 2,200-square-foot event space.

“We’re thrilled to have Shawn join the Highgate team. His extensive background in luxury hospitality and guest experience will further the success The Knickerbocker already enjoys,” said Steve Barick, Chief Operating Officer of Highgate Hotels.

Hauver assumes this position immediately and has already stepped into the role of overseeing all aspects of the hotel operations.

“I’m delighted to join The Knickerbocker team and oversee this prestigious property that continues to build upon its extensive history and legacy,” said Shawn Hauver, Managing Director of The Knickerbocker. “It is exciting to be at the helm of a luxury property that is known for its role in the reinvigoration of Times Square and to continue welcoming guests from far and wide to the crossroads of the world.” 

Most recently, the 30-year hospitality veteran served as Vice President Operations for the East Coast region for Loews Hotel and Resorts overseeing operations and profitability across nine properties throughout New York City, Boston, Washington D.C. as well as Canada. In Hauver’s 16-year tenure with Loews Hotels and Resorts, he also held various executive leadership positions including Area Manager, Managing Director and Hotel Manager at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, earning the property a top spot on Travel + Leisure’s “Top 500 Hotels in the World.” Prior to his work with Loews Hotels and Resorts, Hauver held multiple food and beverage related roles with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Originally opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV, The Knickerbocker has welcomed both dignitaries and socialites alike; creating a legacy that has come back to life today through innovative design and unique programming. From the recent launch of the hotel’s Tribute Suites honoring four of its legends, to celebrating the hotel’s first New Year’s Eve celebration in 95 years, The Knickerbocker continues to reinvent and build upon its rich past. The property reopened in February 2015, following a spectacular $250 million renovation led by architectural and interior design firm Gabellini Sheppard Associates, a complete refurbishment of The Knickerbocker’s grand public areas and 330 guestrooms, evoking a magical story from the hotel’s past while keeping a foot firmly planted in modern New York luxury and comfort.

The Knickerbocker is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry.

For reservations or more information visit theknickerbocker.com or call 212.204.4980; 855.86K.NICK (5.6425).  

About The Knickerbocker

The Knickerbocker, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, reopened its doors in February 2015 as the only Five-Star hotel in Times Square, after completing an expansive $250 million renovation by acclaimed interior designers Gabellini Sheppard. The Beaux Arts monument to New York’s coming of age is situated at the southeast corner of 42nd Street between Broadway and Bryant Park. The hotel originally opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV and welcomed both glitterati and dignitaries including such notables as Enrico Caruso, John D Rockefeller and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A New York City landmark, The Knickerbocker boasts 330 guest rooms including 31 suites; a signature restaurant and bar, Charlie Palmer at The Knick; a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar with Nat Sherman Cigar lounge, St Cloud; a 2,200-square-foot event space for up to 250 guests; a ground level café, Jakes; and a state-of-the art fitness center. The Knickerbocker is located at 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036. For reservations or more information visit theknickerbocker.com or call 212.204.4980; 855.86K.NICK (5.6425). 

Contact: Kaymi Malave

knick@evins.com / 212-377-3586

About Highgate

Highgate is a premier hospitality investment and management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in U.S. gateway markets including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu. Highgate also enjoys an expanding presence in key European markets through properties in London, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and Prague. Highgate’s portfolio of global properties represents an aggregate asset value exceeding $10B and generates over $2B in cumulative revenues. The company provides expert guidance through all stages of the hospitality property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition.  Highgate also has the creativity and bandwidth to develop bespoke hotel brands and utilizes industry leading proprietary revenue management tools that identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the industry’s most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in London, New York, Dallas, and Seattle.

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