|July 21, 2004 - Mr Peter C. Borer, Chief Operating Officer of The Hongkong
and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH) is pleased to announce the appointment
of Mr Jan Svoboda as Hotel Manager of The Peninsula Hong Kong, Mr Hans
Hordijk as The Peninsula Bangkok Resident Manager, Mr Paul Tchen as Vice
President, Operations Planning & Support, and on the Marketing and
Communications side Ms Dianna Balabon as Vice President, Sales and Marketing
(America & Europe), Mr Arthur Kiong as Vice President, Sales and Marketing
(Asia), Ms Sian Griffiths as Director of Communications and Ms Patricia
Rosentreter as Regional Director of Communications.
Mr Jan Svoboda will be transferred and promoted to The Peninsula Hong Kong as Hotel Manager effective July 23, 2004. An Austrian national, Mr Svoboda joined The Peninsula Hotels in 2000 as Resident Manager, The Peninsula Bangkok, and held this position until his transfer to Hong Kong. Jan’s career prior to joining The Peninsula Hotels was with the Mandarin Oriental Group, with postings in Macau, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Mr Hans Hordijk will succeed Jan Svoboda to take up the Resident
Manager position at The Peninsula Bangkok with effect from July 12, 2004.
Hans joined the Company in 1996 and has worked with The Peninsula Hotels
in Beijing, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Manila, first in food and beverage management
and then moving into his present role in Manila as Resident Manager. A
Dutch national, prior to joining The Peninsula Hotels, Hans worked in London,
firstly with the Hilton Group and then for several years at The Dorchester.
Ms Balabon joined The Peninsula Hotels in 1998 as Director of Marketing for The Peninsula New York, and was then appointed as Regional Director of Sales (America/Europe) in June 2003. Prior to this, she was the Director of Sales for North America with The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd, where she managed and directed the company’s regional offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Her previous experience includes Associate Director of Sales for The Sterling Hotel Group, and Sales Manager of Le Meridien Hotel Boston. A native of Iowa, Ms Balabon earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa.
Mr Arthur Kiong has been appointed as Vice President, Sales and Marketing (Asia). In this new capacity, Mr Kiong will take on increased responsibilities overseeing the Sales and Marketing activities across Asia in addition to his existing position as Director of Marketing for The Peninsula Hong Kong.
A Singaporean national, Mr Kiong has a wealth of marketing experience both in Asia and the United States. Before joining The Peninsula Hong Kong in 2002, he was Area Director, Marketing responsible for six Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York, Washington DC and Boston. Prior to that, Mr Kiong was the Director of Sales & Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore.
Ms Sian Griffiths As Director of Communications, Ms Griffiths has taken over the overall Communications function for The Peninsula Hotels developing and aligning strategies for the group.
Born and raised in England, and after studying modern languages at Oxford Brookes University in the U.K and gaining Membership of the Institute of Linguists, she started her career in the tourism and travel industry with French State Railways and Cunard Line before relocating to Hong Kong and joining The Peninsula, where she has held a number of appointments in the sales, marketing and public relations areas.
Ms Tricia Rosentreter joined The Peninsula Hotels as Regional Director of Communications in January 2004, overseeing the communications functions of The Peninsula Hotels’ three US properties in New York, Chicago and Beverly Hills.
Prior to joining The Peninsula Ms. Rosentreter worked at Weber Shandwick Worldwide in New York, managing accounts including Singapore Airlines and Canada Tourism. Prior to that, she was employed with Murphy O'Brien Public Relations, representing a roster of high-end clients including Pebble Beach Resorts, La Quinta Resort & Club, Bernardus Lodge and Auberge Resorts.
A native of Southern California, Ms. Rosentreter received a degree in communications from Pepperdine University (Malibu, Ca).
The Peninsula Hotels operates luxury hotels in key gateways of Asia and the USA: The Peninsula Hong Kong; The Peninsula New York; The Peninsula Chicago; The Peninsula Beverly Hills; The Peninsula Bangkok; The Peninsula Palace Beijing and The Peninsula Manila. It is a division of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited which also manages The Kowloon Hotel in Hong Kong.
Ms Sian Griffiths
|Also See:||Strong Rebound in Hotel Performance During Second Half of 2003 Benefits The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, Significant Appointments Made within The Peninsula Hotels Group / Hotel Operating Statistics / March 2004|
|The Peninsula Group Unveils a New Name & New Look, and Palace Hotel Beijing Rebranded 'Peninsula Palace' / September 2003|
|The Peninsula Hotels Names New Group Marketing Structure / September 2003|