Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
is to consolidate all its mainland China operational activities in a new regional office in Shanghai on 1 September 2005, streamlining resources in response to the group’s rapid China development. Located in Tower One of Pudong Shangri-La, the new Shanghai regional office will include all departments dedicated to the group’s existing 19 China properties as well as projects under development.
“Shanghai is an ideal city for us to establish a regional operations base,” said Symon Bridle, Shangri-La’s chief operating officer. “The city offers a sophisticated infrastructure, superb communications and a strategic location in China. Given our plan to have 35 hotels in China by 2008, it is extremely important for us to consolidate our resources to achieve greater synergy.”
The Shanghai office will include Vice Presidents James Jin and Greg Dogan, reporting to Hong Kong-based Symon Bridle. Shanghai staff also includes China operations directors: Peter Wong, senior director of human resources; Andy Chan, director of corporate food and beverage - China; Andes Wu, director of engineering; Eileen Sun, director of corporate front office; Randy Ho, director of purchasing; Robert Fierz, director of projects; and William Chan, director of project management.