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David Lewin Appointed as General Manager of the
802-room Hyatt Regency San Francisco

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA --- June 21, 2011)
  Hyatt Regency San Francisco is pleased to announce David Lewin as general manager, starting July 5, 2011.

Lewin will be replacing Jerry Simmons, who is retiring after more than 42 years with Hyatt Hotels.  At the present time, Lewin is general manager of Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa, where he’s been since 2008.

As general manager of Hyatt Regency San Francisco, Lewin’s responsibilities will include overseeing all rooms, food and beverage, sales and marketing, accounting, engineering, catering and human resources operations for the iconic 802-room, waterfront luxury property.

According to Hyatt Senior Vice President Jordan Meisner, “We are very pleased to welcome back David to the Bay Area.  His familiarity with the community and his reputation in the marketplace will prove to be great assets for the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.”  Meisner continues, “His leadership and knowledge will make a big impact on this iconic property.”

Born and raised in San Francisco, David Lewin attended the Statler School of Culinary Arts at the City College of San Francisco, and graduated from Cornell University’s renowned School of Hotel Administration.  Launching his career with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in 1986, Lewin was a corporate management trainee at the former Hyatt Regency Los Angeles.  Soon thereafter, he started his hotel sales career as a sales manager at Hyatt Regency Los Angeles Airport in 1987. Lewin, was promoted to associate director of sales in 1990, where he won Hyatt’s prestigious “Sales Manager of the Year” award, and to director of sales in 1992, where he won Hyatt’s esteemed “Director of Sales of the Year” award.

In 1997, Lewin transferred to Hyatt Regency San Francisco as director of sales and marketing.  During his time in San Francisco, Lewin shared his hospitality knowledge and experience as an instructor at the University of San Francisco from 1990 to 2000, enlightening aspiring hoteliers about hotel sales and marketing and hotel operations.  Completing his career in sales and marketing in 2000, Lewin was promoted to general manager at Hyatt Westlake Plaza, where he oversaw the property until 2004.  He then moved to Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport as general manager, a position he held for three years before relocating to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa.

A native San Franciscan and alumnus of St. Ignatius High School, Lewin and his family will live in the city.  He will also return to leadership and community positions with San Francisco Travel Authority as well as the San Francisco Hotel Council.

About Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Situated on the Embarcadero Waterfront, across from the iconic Ferry Building Marketplace, with ferries to Sausalito, Tiburon and Alameda, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco is the city’s most accessible hotel.  The hotel is at the beginning of the California Street Cable Car line and is also in close proximity to the Embarcadero Center’s shops and restaurants, Financial District, Downtown, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, South of Market, AT&T Park (home of the SF Giants) and Embarcadero’s waterfront walking and jogging trail. As the city’s largest luxury waterfront hotel, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco boasts 802 rooms and suites.  Guest services and amenities include Wi-Fi service throughout the hotel, 24-hour automated business center and newly constructed 24-hour StayFit @ Hyatt Fitness Center. Situated in the soaring atrium lobby of the hotel, amidst magnificent trees and trellises that create a serene and relaxing environment, the Eclipse Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner featuring classic interpretations of local cuisine.

Molly Blaisdell
(925) 300-7252

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