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Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Names Kathleen Shea as
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas

MUMBAI - (August 23, 2010) -- Raymond Bickson, CEO and Managing Director, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has appointed Kathleen Shea as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas, a newly created position to support Taj's strategic growth plans. 

A luxury hotel specialist with extensive experience focused on building top luxury brands, she will oversee sales and marketing for the company's three U.S. hotels - The Pierre in New York, Taj Boston in Massachusetts and Taj Campton Place in San Francisco - and play a pivotal role in launching new hotels by developing a sales and marketing infrastructure and strategies for the key US market. One of Asia's largest and finest hotel groups, Taj Hotels celebrated its centenary in 2003.

Kathleen Shea was most recently Vice President, Sales and Marketing - The Americas for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where she was responsible for the sales and marketing performance of the region's existing hotels as well as the US and Latin America global sales network. She played an integral leadership role in the design and execution of strategic sales initiatives and partnerships to support the launch of new city and hideaway resort properties during a period of rapid growth. Throughout her career she has been recognized for building high performing sales teams with a strong customer focus and ability to differentiate from other luxury competitors. Her extensive luxury expertise, US market knowledge and dynamic leadership style will position Taj to build brand awareness and successfully expand its portfolio in the US. 

Previously, Shea spent seven years as Regional Director of Sales, New York for Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts, where she oversaw the worldwide sales office and represented the global portfolio of Four Seasons and Regent International Hotels. Her prior experience includes serving as Managing Director of Sales, Eastern Region for Hilton Hotels Corporation, where she spent 14 years progressing through various positions including on-property, pre-opening and regional and national responsibilities. 

Shea is a graduate of St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, with a bachelor's degree in Business and Speech Communications. A member of the Luxury Marketing Council and Hospitality Sales & Marketing International, she is based in New York and reports to Ajoy Misra, Taj Hotels' Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing. Contact Shea via email at

About Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces

Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest groups of hotels, comprising 65 hotels in 45 locations across India with an additional 15 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Rajput palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, completed the centenary of its landmark hotel, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.


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Also See: Kor Hotel Group Selling Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco to Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces for $58 million; Secures Significant Profit Following Eighteen-Month Ownership / April 2007

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