Marcus Appoints Khairallah as COO and Peterson as VP/Operations
Tuesday September 24th, 2013 - 9:36AM
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MILWAUKEE—Marcus Hotels & Resorts has appointed Joseph Khairallah as COO; Jeff Peterson has joined the company as VP/operations.
In 1983, Khairallah began a 30-year career with Hyatt Hotels at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. Since then, he has worked in various locations and roles for the company. Most recently, Khairallah was VP/rooms, spa and security for Hyatt Americas Group, where he supported 383 hotels and was directly responsible for the oversight of 155 properties. Additionally, he oversaw the operations of 30 existing spas and opened 10 new spas in the portfolio. Khairallah graduated from Istitut Haulot in Brussels with a hotel management degree.
Prior to this role, Peterson also gained experience in a variety of roles at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. He joined the company in 1991 as director of finance and eventually became VP, corporate transactions/global asset management. In this role, he was responsible for asset management and execution of financial transactions involving Hyatt’s existing hotel real estate assets, joint ventures and management agreements. Most recently, Peterson served as CFO of Ticketmaster Resale, a division of Ticketmaster/Live Nation. A CPA, Peterson began his career in public accounting at KPMG. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
Tags: Marcus Hotels Resorts • Joseph Khairallah • Jeff Peterson • Hospitality •
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