Yotel has announced several key appointments at the senior level as it prepares to launch multiple new hotels in Asia, Europe and the US.
In the newly established role of senior vice president of global operations is Belinda Atkins, who will head the company’s global operations including all existing and future Yotel and Yotelair hotels, reporting directly to Hubert Viriot, CEO of YOTEL. She previously held senior positions in the hospitality industry, including brand CEO at Amba Hotels and vice president of brand operations for the Wyndham Hotel Group.
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Atkins will be assisted by Keir Wingrove, who has been named assistant vice president for openings and transitions to manage and coordinate the pre-opening and transition programme, managing support for all new Yotel hotels under development.
Yotel has also promoted Rohan Thakkar to the role of vice president of development, focusing on the rest of the EMEA region.
The trio will be based at Yotel's headquarters in London.
Meanwhile, Yotel has also appointed Nikhil Manchharam as managing director of business development for Asia. Based in Singapore, Manchharam will oversee the sourcing of new opportunities and develop the Yotel and Yotelair brand throughout Asia, as well as manage relationships with investment partners in the region. He was most recently vice president of acquisitions and development at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.
The tech-centric hotel chain currently has four Yotelair properties - London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport - and one Yotel in New York.
In 2017, Yotel will open three city centre hotels in Boston, Singapore and San Francisco, followed in 2018/2019 with London (Clerkenwell), Dubai (Business Bay), Miami, Williamsburg (Brooklyn) and Yotelair Singapore Changi.