Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Names Thorsten Kirschke President of Asia-Pacific
Monday March 17th, 2014 - 11:31AM Y
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MINNEAPOLIS/SINGAPORE—Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has named Thorsten Kirschke president of the group’s Asia-Pacific region effective immediately.
For the past four years, Kirschke has led Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as president of the Americas. Kirschke will replace Simon Barlow, who resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities. He will report to David P. Berg, chief operating officer, Carlson.
“The Asia-Pacific region is a key growth market for Carlson Rezidor where we continue to expand our leadership position across emerging markets,” stated Berg. “Thorsten brings an exceptional background of leadership and management success in the hotel industry to this role. His extensive global experience includes management roles in Central Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, China and the Middle East.”
During his tenure in the Americas, Kirschke’s achievements include the articulation and successful execution of the long-term turnaround strategy under the group’s Ambition 2015 strategy. This has included brand positioning, improved operational delivery, accelerated development, creation of an effective commercial organization as well as the formation of an executive leadership team.
Prior to joining Carlson in 2009, Kirschke was the EVP and COO for The Rezidor Hotel Group based in Brussels, Belgium. Carlson is the main shareholder of Rezidor, which is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world.
In the Americas, Javier Rosenberg will continue to lead Radisson and Radisson Bluas COO, Radisson, Americas and EVP, owned and managed Hotels. Scott Meyer will continue to lead Country Inns & Suites By Carlsonand Park Inn by Radisson as SVP, midscale hotel brands, Americas. Phil Silberstein, executive vice president, will lead development in the Americas. Rosenberg, Meyer and Silberstein will now report to Berg.
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