Aimbridge makes double development appointment

L-r: Tiffany Cooper and Niall Kelly. Image © Aimbridge Hospitality
US-headquartered hotel management company, Aimbridge Hospitality, has hired a pair of industry veterans to expand its global growth leadership team.

Tiffany Cooper joins as chief development officer – Americas and Caribbean, while Niall Kelly assumes the role of head of development – EMEA.

Ongoing investment

Aimbridge has appointed these seasoned leaders in key leadership positions as part of its ongoing investment in securing top industry talent and driving growth through focused operational and development expertise to deliver superior results for owners.

Both new recruits will report to chief global growth officer, Allison Reid

Americas vision

Cooper brings nearly three decades of sales and marketing, operations, and development experience to Aimbridge. As chief development officer – Americas and Caribbean, she will lead the deal team and implement plans that support the company’s strategic vision of growing its portfolio mix and global footprint across the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.

She most recently served as head of development, North America and Caribbean for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants where she was responsible for delivering growth to the Kimpton brand by expanding its development pipeline and national presence through new hotel projects.

Cooper began her hospitality career with Kimpton in sales in 1995 and rose through positions at top global hotel companies, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts where she managed property sales teams as well as led development opportunities in the western US for the real estate group. Post-merger with Marriott International, she joined the development team to assist the expansion of Marriott’s full service and luxury brand footprint.

EMEA importance

As head of development – EMEA, Kelly will lead Aimbridge’s European development team and unit growth in a strategically important market for the company. He brings more than 25 years of significant deal-making experience with over 220 hotel transactions involving deal negotiation and deal structuring in international markets.

Most recently, Kelly served as a development consultant to Marriott International, undertaking various deal structures from complex leases and residential deals to management and franchise. Prior to his consulting work, he was vice president of development-EAME for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide where he oversaw the significant growth of Starwood’s brand presence in Europe, including the introduction of new brands like W, Aloft, and Element. There, his responsibilities incorporated the full range of development activities from franchise and management contract negotiation through individual asset and portfolio acquisitions.

Unique combination

Reid said: “I am delighted to welcome Tiffany and Niall to our global growth leadership team as we continue to evolve and strengthen strategies that directly support portfolio expansion and drive margin improvements for Aimbridge, our owners and brand partners.

“Their unique combination of skills and deep expertise in their respective markets, along with successful runs in franchise, brand, and real estate development are invaluable assets that will help fuel Aimbridge’s continued growth on a global scale.”