Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has announced the company’s latest senior appointments to align the organization with the group’s rapid expansion. With 20 new hotels predicted by 2008, the group has established new area manager positions reporting to recently appointed corporate vice presidents.
Cetin Sekercioglu, present area manager based in Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, is to become vice president and be transferred to the corporate office in Hong Kong. Mr. Sekercioglu will be responsible for all Shangri-La properties in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Philippe Caretti has been appointed vice president and will continue to be based in Pudong Shangri-La, Shanghai where he is currently the area manager. In his new role, he will also be supervising the Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou and the Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.
Lothar Nessmann, general manager of Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei, is moving to the corporate office as vice president. Mr. Nessmann will continue to oversee Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei, in addition to four hotels in the Philippines; Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok; and Traders Hotel, Yangon.
Other promotions include the appointment of Greg Dogan as area manager, who will continue to perform his existing role as general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Dalian. Dogan will also be supervising Traders Hotel, Shenyang; Shangri-La Hotel, Changchun; and Shangri-La Hotel, Harbin.
Michael Cottan, currently general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, has been appointed area manager. In addition to managing the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Mr. Cottan will oversee Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina, Cairns; Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort, Yanuca Island; and Fiji Mocambo, Nadi.
Richard Riley has been promoted from general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur to area manager. Continuing his base in Kuala Lumpur, he will continue to manage Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur; in addition to overseeing the Putrajaya Shangri-La and the Traders Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, opening in 2006.
The group also announced several new general manager postings:
Thierry Douin is to join the Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore as general manager from his post as general manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Mark Heywood, present general manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu, will move to replace Douin as general manager of the Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong. Ulf Bremer has been appointed general manager of Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru Resort, Kota Kinabalu from hotel manager of the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong.