Tuesday April 8th, 2014 - 9:33AM
NEW YORK—Ian Schrager Company has appointed Danette Opaczewski as COO. Opaczewski joins Ian Schrager Company with over 20 years in the hospitality industry.
In her most recent position as EVP of operations and technology for the Denihan Hospitality Group, a privately held hotel management company that owns and operates high-profile properties, Opaczewski's leadership and strategic direction added hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate value to the company by renovating, repositioning and adding keys to assets in several major urban markets.
During her tenure, Opaczewski oversaw 14 hotel assets valued at $2.5 billion; increased food and beverage revenue from $25 million to $100 million; restructured the sales and marketing platform; and defined the company vision and lead pitches to major hotel and real estate equity investors. She also restructured the company internally to increase operational efficiencies in marketing, branding, sales, revenue, human resources and IT areas.
Prior to Denihan, Opaczewski served as CFO for James Hotels where she was responsible for leading, directing and developing all financial and accounting standards. In this role Opaczewski executed all aspects of acquisitions, dispositions and financing of hotels assets. Previously she held the position of VP of Finance and Operations for Morgans Hotel Group, formerly known as Ian Schrager Hotels, in New York City.
"We are incredibly fortunate to be working with Danette again," said Ian Schrager. "I consider her to be one of the ablest operators in the business. With her on board, we are now in a position to leverage her abilities to really expand our brands and grow."