CHI Ltd, the hotel management arm of the Malta-based
Corinthia Group of companies, announced that Mr. Tony Potter has officially taken up
his position as the Company’s new chief executive officer, at the company’s head
office in Floriana, Malta. Mr. Potter brings with him a wealth of experience in the hotel industry, having
occupied senior roles in global hotel companies throughout his career. Before
joining CHI Ltd, Tony was group chief executive officer, Millennium & Copthorne
Hotels and an executive director of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc.
Most recently, Tony Potter was honored in London at the annual Christmas luncheon of
the Guild of Travel and Tourism where he received the Guild’s and Reed Travel
Exhibitions Meridian Club’s “Outstanding Services to Travel” Award for 2006. The
prestigious award was presented to Mr. Potter in recognition of his former role as
CEO of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels.
Prior to his position with Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Tony held the post of
chief executive officer at Choice Hotels International Europe and was an executive
director of Friendly Hotels plc. Previously, Tony Potter had spent 19 years with
Hilton International, where he was also a Director of that company. During that time
he held the positions of Senior Vice President Europe, Senior Vice President North
America and Canada, and Managing Director of Hilton UK.
Welcoming Tony to CHI, company chairman the Hon. Karmenu Vella, said: “Tony joins us
at a very exciting time in CHI’s development, as we embark on our new joint venture
with top American hotel chain, Wyndham Hotel Group. This joint venture will provide
an ideal platform for CHI’s ambitious upmarket expansion into the EMEA region and
will be the catalyst for CHI’s aspirations of becoming a leading upscale
international hotel operator. With his impressive background and vast experience in
the hotel industry, Tony will be a key contributor to this new development”.
On his part Tony Potter said: “I am thrilled by the prospect of joining CHI at such
a crucial time in its planned development. It certainly looks like we have an
exciting time ahead of us and I am confident that my long experience in the hotel
trade can help CHI reach its aim of growing steadily as an international upscale
hotel operating company”.