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Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Names Executives
for its Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Hani El-Sharkawi Appointed Opening Hotel Manager

March 18, 2008 - Stephen Darling, regional vice president, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce the first members of the Vancouver executive team.   These key individuals, from luxury hotels around the world, will lead the team in opening Shangri-La's first hotel in North America.  The Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, a 119-room luxury hotel, will open in January 2009. 
Hani El-Sharkawi has been named hotel manager.   El-Sharkawi joins Shangri-La from Vienna , Austria where he was Operations Manager, Radisson SAS Palais Hotel.   A graduate of the University of Alexandria, Egypt, Hani has worked in hotels throughout Austria, France, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan, including Hotel Sacher Wien and the Four Seasons Hotel George V.   In 2004, he was named Young Hotelier of the Year by the General Managers' Council of Viennese Deluxe Hotels.   
Kimberlee LoCicero is the new director of human resources, bringing more than 25 years of international experience to her role.   LoCicero joins SLV after 17 years at Vancouver's Pan Pacific Hotel where she took a leading management role in both operations and human resources, most recently as director, people innovation and education.   
Jeff Froehlich has been appointed director of sales & marketing.    Froehlich's sales career has covered publishing, tour & travel, and the hotel industry.   A native of Vancouver, Jeff has worked for Sheraton and Westin, most recently as sales manager for the Westin Grand Vancouver.   
Frank Schuetzendorf is the hotel's first director of food & beverage.   He joins Shangri-La from the Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris where he was assistant director of food & beverage.   From 1999 - 2005, Schuetzendorf held progressive food and beverage roles with Four Seasons, working at their hotels in Paris, Santa Barbara and New York. 
Jill Killeen is director of communications.   Killeen brings 20 years of international communications experience both in broadcasting and public relations to her new role, most recently as regional director of public relations, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.   From 1991 - 1995, she lived and worked in Asia, first for the New World Hotel Group and then Holiday Inn, Asia Pacific. 
Brenda Serena is the administration manager for Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. For more than 20 years, Serena has served in an executive assistant capacity to Vancouver's tourism and business leaders, including roles with Westin, Magnolia Capital Corporation and Davis & Company.   

The 119-room hotel will occupy the first fifteen floors of a new 61-story landmark building, the tallest in Vancouver, with cutting-edge architectural design. The mixed use complex will showcase innovative residential living; a sculpture galleria, curated by the Vancouver Art Gallery; high-end retail shops; live/work condominiums, creative restaurants and the Shangri-La Hotel, all in all "the best of cosmopolitan West Coast life".
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and manages 55 hotels under Shangri-La and Traders brands with a rooms inventory of over 28,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.   Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, mainland China, Fiji , Hong Kong, India, Indonesia  Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. The group has over 50 projects under development in Austria, Canada, mainland China, France, India, Japan , Macau, Maldives, Philippines, Qatar, Seychelles, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. For more information or reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at . 

Jill Killeen
Director of Communications
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
Tel. (604) 661-3335


Also See: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Signs Areement with the Westbank and Peterson Group to Manage the 220-room Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto Opening 2011 / February 2007
Peterson Investment Group and Westbank Projects Developing a Downtown Vancouver Hotel to be Managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts / June 2004


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