Millennium Hotels and
Resorts has named John Arnett president and chief executive officer for the
Americas.Arnett will report to Peter Papas, group chief executive and Kwek
Leng Beng, chairman of parent company Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc.
Arnett is also a member of the board of directors Millennium and Copthorne
plc. Sudheer Raghavan, former president, Millennium Hotels and Resorts,
North America, takes up a new position as head of India and Middle East
operations, an important area of growth for Millennium & Copthorne.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome John Arnett to Millennium,”
Papas said. “John has distinguished himself in the hospitality industry for
30 years. He has in-depth knowledge of the North American market and his
expertise, creativity and commitment will be invaluable.”
“I am excited to join Millennium and grow our brand in this important
region,” said Arnett. “Millennium has an outstanding culture of service and
a dedication to customers across many different markets.”
Immediately prior to joining Millennium, Arnett was president of the
Kor Hotel Group in Los Angeles, where he led the Group’s expansion of its
luxury hotels and resorts. Previously, he worked for over 10 years at the
Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, where as senior vice president, he
managed the operations and profitability of 37 Kimpton Group properties and
guided the transition of new assets into stable operating businesses.
Earlier, he served as Kimpton’s vice president of acquisitions and property
transformation, contributing to numerous acquisitions throughout the US and
Arnett’s background also includes management positions with other
luxury hotels and resorts including the Ritz Carlton Mauna Lani, Hawaii,
where, as general manager, he was the recipient of both the Five Diamond
Hotel and Restaurant Award. He also managed the flagship Ritz Carlton
Buckhead in Atlanta as well as resorts in Minnesota and Arizona. He has a
degree in business administration from the University of Denver.