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 Roberta Rinker-Ludloff Named Vice President Sales and Marketing for Conrad Hotels, North America


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - June 16, 2005 -- Conrad Hotels(R) announced today that Roberta Rinker-Ludloff has been named vice president of sales and marketing - Conrad Hotels, North America, overseeing all marketing efforts for the luxury brand's portfolio of hotels in the region, with an expected start date of July 18. She most recently served as regional vice president -- marketing for Hilton Hawaii, where she oversaw the marketing and public relations efforts for Hilton Hotels Corporation's hotels in Hawaii, including the Hilton Hawaiian Village(R) Resort & Spa and the Hilton Waikoloa Village(R).

In her new role, Rinker-Ludloff will be responsible for the comprehensive marketing efforts of the Conrad brand in North America, including advertising, direct marketing, public relations, e-marketing and promotions as well as managing and directing support sales efforts and distribution channels. She will also oversee strategic development, implementation and evaluation of Conrad's marketing and customer relationship initiatives in North America.

"Roberta's appointment is a testimony to our commitment and aggressive efforts to grow the Conrad brand in North America," said Dieter Huckestein, chairman & CEO for Conrad Hotels, and president of the Hilton Global Alliance. "She brings with her a broad range of experience from the industry's largest hospitality companies along with long-standing expertise in marketing a luxury product and a premier global destination -- experiences which will definitely enhance the brand's presence and expansion in the region," added Huckestein.

A 33-year hospitality veteran, Rinker-Ludloff began her career with the Sheraton - Anaheim Hotel in California in 1972. Following this, she held a series of executive level sales and operations positions for Sheraton properties in Hawaii where some of her accomplishments included sales and operations oversight for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel as well as being part of the team responsible for launching ITT Sheraton Corporation's The Luxury Collection brand in the mid 1990s. Prior to joining Hilton in 2000, Rinker-Ludloff was vice president of marketing for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and vice president of global sales for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in 1996 and 1998 respectively.

Conrad Hotels has 18 luxury award-winning hotels around the world that offer the highest levels of service to both business and leisure travelers, delivered through the renowned "Conrad Service Culture." Conrad continues to explore opportunities to further enhance and expand the brand's presence in the luxury hotel segment in suitable locations around the world. Conrad hotels under development include Conrad Tokyo (scheduled to open July 1st 2005), Conrad Phuket and Conrad Indianapolis (2006), Conrad Las Vegas (2007), Conrad Dubai and Conrad Beijing (2008).


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Also See: Dieter Huckestein Named Chairman and CEO of Conrad Hotels; Targets 50 Hotels by 2010 / February 2005
Jan Chovanec Named General Manager of the Conrad Indianapolis / June 2005

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