Yoo Hotels & Resorts has appointed David Grossniklaus as head of operations and development to lead the growth and operations strategy of the company in South-east Asia, following the launch of its regional headquarters in Bangkok earlier this year.
Grossniklaus will focus on Yoo’s opportunity pipeline, as well as manage the relationships with the hotel group’s partners to secure new developments and conversion opportunities globally.
The Swiss national has held varied roles in hotel operation and hotel development, most recently with Belmond in Dubai as senior director development for Middle East, Africa and India. He has also worked with with companies such as Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Deloitte/STR Global, Swissotel and Istithmar/Nakheel Hotels.
Yoo Hotels & Resorts operates the yoo2 Rio de Janeiro and currently has three more hotels under development in Canada and Thailand, with two properties set to launch in the next 18 months.