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“Over the last years, Rezidor has very rapidly grown to more than 400 hotels with 90,000 rooms in operation and under development in over 65 countries – and we continue growing. An optimized organisation with clear responsibilities will improve our portfolio management. We aim to work in an efficient and profitable way, to be fast responding and quick decision making; and we want to reach our ambitious future goals”, said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. In December 2011, Ritter had presented the group’s “Route 2015 Strategy”, a number of initiatives to expand EBITDA margins by 6-8 percentage points by 2015.
Under the leadership and guidance of Wolfgang M. Neumann, Executive Vice President and COO at Rezidor, 6 areas for Radisson Blu, Europe’s largest upper upscale brand, and 2 areas for the mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson were created:
Nordics: Hospitality veteran and Area Vice President Christian Gartmann has been confirmed in his role, and oversees 29 managed & leased and 20 franchised hotels in Rezidor’s home markets Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
Eastern Europe & Russia: Area Vice President Tom Flanagan has equally been confirmed in his role. He is responsible for 37 managed and 6 franchised properties in Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Russia and the further CIS countries are one of Rezidor’s key business areas – the group is the leading international hotel operator in this region.
Western Europe & North West Africa: Michel Stalport, formerly District Director Northern France and General Manager at the Radisson Blu Resort Disneyland Paris, has been promoted to the role of Area Vice President. He heads 35 managed & leased and 9 franchised hotels in Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, Sierre Leone, and Tunisia.
Central Europe: Former Regional Director France & Benelux Willem Van der Zee has been promoted to Area Vice President. He oversees 25 managed & leased and 16 franchised hotels in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Rumania, Slovakia, and Switzerland.
UK & Ireland: Philip Mahoney, formerly General Manager at The Regent Zagreb, has been promoted to Area Vice President, and carries the responsibility for 24 managed & leased and 4 franchised properties.
Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa: Former Regional Director Radisson Blu & Hotel Missoni UK Mark Willis has been promoted to Area Vice President. He is responsible for 46 managed hotels in Bahrain, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE, and Zambia.
Park Inn by Radisson
Richard Moore has been nominated Area Vice President for the UK & Ireland and the Nordics. He reports directly to Eric de Neef, Senior Vice President Park Inn by Radisson, and is responsible for 30 leased managed and 7 franchised hotels in Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
The appointment of an Area Vice President for Continental Europe has been postponed, and brand leader Eric de Neef takes direct responsibility for 49 managed & leased and 18 franchised properties.
Within the new areas, all support structures are operated in a matrix type organization with the position heads reporting hierarchically to each Area Vice President and functionally to the central Vice President of the relative function. All Area Vice Presidents report directly to Wolfgang M. Neumann at the Rezidor Head Offices in Brussels.