Giannouka rises to top APAC post at Carlson Rezidor

Giannouka at APAC helm

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s restructure in January this year has resulted in the departure of several of its regional leaders, including its Asia-Pacific president, Thorsten Kirschke, and the group has just now has appointed Katerina Giannouka as Kirschke’s replacement.

The appointment is a rise for Giannouka, who was previously head of development for Asia-Pacific and China for Rosewood Hotel Group. Based in the Asia-Pacific regional office in Singapore, she will join no later than December 4 and will report directly to John Kidd, CEO and COO of Carlson Hotels.

Giannouka at APAC helm

Following HNA Group’s acquisition of Carlson Hotels in December 2016, which also resulted in HNA owning 51.3 per cent of Rezidor, Kidd leads Carlson Hotels while Federico Gonzalez Tejera is CEO of Rezidor. While they operate as separate entities, a global steering committee was set up with the aim of providing strategic direction to both companies. Tejera is chairman of the committee.

Giannouka will also be a member of Carlson Hotels’ Executive Leadership Committee where she will work in tandem with the global and Asia-Pacific leadership teams to drive success and growth for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, a statement said. In her role, she will be responsible in leading the Asia-Pacific executive committee and its corporate offices in Singapore, Shanghai and Delhi.

“Asia-Pacific is a key growth engine for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as we expand our presence and develop our successes,” said Kidd. “Katerina’s dynamic and energetic leadership experience, complemented with business intelligence and a tenacious work ethic, are testament to her accomplishments in Asia-Pacific and EMEA. I am confident that she will propel our Asia-Pacific business to greater heights.”

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