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June 20, 2013 - London - Irene Hoek has been appointed head of global development at Dorchester Collection and will be responsible for identifying and executing acquisition and management opportunities to grow the brand. With nine hotels currently within the company, the aim of Dorchester Collection is to increase its portfolio in key cities by 2015.

Having worked in hotel development for the past 15 years, Hoek joins Dorchester Collection from IHG based in London, where she held the position of vice president of development, overseeing strategic investment and management opportunities for the InterContinental brand. Her previous positions include vice president of development at IHG's North America headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for branded residential development, and vice president of development at Starwood's North America headquarters in New York, responsible for growth of the St Regis brand. Prior to that, she was director of development for Europe, Africa and Middle East for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and senior associate at BNY Capital Markets Inc, focused on mergers and acquisitions. 

With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Irene brings in-depth knowledge and strategic expertise to her new role at Dorchester Collection.

"Irene Hoek brings a wealth of experience to the company and the appointment marks how seriously we are taking the development of the brand", comments Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection.


Hoek says: "I am thrilled to be embarking on this challenging new role and look forward to working with the team to grow the worldwide presence of Dorchester Collection."

About Dorchester Collection

Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of the world's foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the USA, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company's mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.


The current portfolio includes the following hotels (in order of them joining the group): The Dorchester, London; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; 45 Park Lane, London; and Le Richemond, Geneva. 

Contact: Prin Bacalan, Hawkins International PR / (212) 255-6541

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