Rana takes on major ops role for Carlson

Raj Rana has been promoted to regional
vice president of operations for Carlson Hotels Worldwide’s full service
hotels in the Americas, including Radisson Hotels & Resorts and Park Plaza
Hotels & Resorts. In his new role, Rana will be responsible for approving
new franchised hotels and resorts, and providing field support and
operations expertise to these properties. He is responsible for Carlson
hotels full service operations in the eastern region of the United States,
the Bahamas and Central and South America.

“Raj has a proven record of leveraging Radisson resources and
initiatives, capturing market share and driving financial success,” said
Nancy Johnson, executive vice president, Brand Leader for Carlson Hotels
Worldwide Full Service Hotels. “His track record of building outstanding
relationships with hotel ownership groups, combined with his education and
international experience make him an excellent choice to help lead the new
generation of Radisson hotels.”
  Rana has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, the majority of
which has been spent in various management positions with the Radisson
hotels. From New Delhi, India to Moscow, Russia to Stockton, Calif., to the
Twin Cities in Minnesota, Rana’s record of exceptional service is reflected
in revenue and profit growth. Most recently, Rana served as General Manager
of the company’s flagship hotel, the Four Diamond Radisson Plaza Hotel in
Minneapolis, Minn. During his nearly two years in managing that hotel, he
increased the annual sales by more than 10%; and achieved the Radisson
Pinnacle Award for excellence in hospitality.
  Rana earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of
Delhi, and his MBA from Dowling College in New York. In addition, he holds
a diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa,
Delhi, a certificate in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP),
and has completed an executive course in American Business Law.