Centara Hotels & Resorts has appointed Markland Blaiklock to the newly created position of deputy CEO.
Blaiklock will be responsible for steering the continued expansion of Centara, which aims to double both its revenues and number of properties over the next five years.
Blaiklock will also oversee operations, human resources, sales, marketing, business development and legal services.
He returns to Centara in an expanded capacity, having previously served as the company’s COO in 2015. He has held senior executive positions with Le Meridien, Shangri-La, Raffles and Accor hotel groups, in Asia and North America.
Centara has been expanding outside its base in Thailand, where it operates 32 properties. The company has 67 properties open or under development across 13 countries in South-east Asia, the Indian Ocean, China, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The next phase of growth is expected to see Centara become an even more significant regional brand with properties opening in China, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Qatar and the UAE, according to its statement.