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Philip B. Mertens Appointed by Mövenpick Hotels to Senior Vice
President Development & Facility Management

September 28, 2007 - To support the growth plans of the Swiss-based international hotel group, the Executive Committee of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has been expanded to include a new member: From 17 September 2007, Philip B. Mertens has taken up the position of Senior Vice President Development & Facility Management.

Philip B. Mertens is well known in the hospitality industry for his experience in feasibility evaluations, strategic planning and project development.

A dual citizen of Germany and South Africa, Mertens was born in Namibia and is a Hotel and Restaurant Management graduate of the University of Denver, USA. Following graduation, he held a number of senior leadership and consulting roles in Asia-Pacific with Ernst & Young, Horwath Asia Pacific and Holiday Inn. In the Middle East, Mertens has been Director of Development and Strategy for Qatar National Hotels. Most recently, he was Development Director for the Sorouh Real Estate Company in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

"With some 30 hotel projects currently in development or under construction in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, it is important that an Executive Committee member has a hands-on involvement and global overview of projects, which enable consistent spearheading and coordination of all relevant processes", stated Jean Gabriel Pérès, President & CEO Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. "In Mertens, we have found the right candidate for this position. He will play a central role in the realization of our expansion targets."

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MH&R), a premium hotel management company with over 12,000 employees, is represented in 25 countries with over 80 hotels existing or under construction and focuses on its core markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The international hotel group with Swiss roots is forging ahead with its expansion and aims to extend its portfolio to include 100 hotels by 2010. MH&R has an established presence in the 4 and 5-star segment with two types of accommodation: business and conference hotels and holiday resorts. In keeping with its slogan "True Excellence in Swiss Hospitality", the hotel chain is a byword for the uncompromising quality of its products and services. The hotel group is owned by the Mövenpick Holding (66.7 %) as well as the Kingdom Group (33.3 %).


 Alain Gozzer
Public Relations Manager
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management AG
Flughofstrasse 61
8152 Glattbrugg, Switzerland
Phone +41 44 828 41 44

Also See: Mövenpick Targets Singapore as the Next Stage in its Asia Expansion / February 2007


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