Langham welcomes new Asia Pacific development chief

by | 21 Jun 2022 | Chains

Imagery courtesy of Langham Hospitality Group.

Langham Hospitality Group has hired Markus Aklin as vice president – development, Asia Pacific, with a mission to accelerate growth in the region.

The latest appointment follows the successful opening of The Langham, Jakarta and the imminent opening of The Langham, Gold Coast.

Strategic regional focus

Brett Butcher, CEO of Langham Hospitality Group said: “South East Asia and the Pacific are important regional markets where we can enhance our footprint and build deeper relationships with owners and investors who will benefit from a global owner-operator like Langham Hospitality Group.”

“Markus is a highly respected development professional in Asia Pacific with an exceptional track record. He will be an invaluable asset to grow our brands with developers and owners in the region,” he added.

Market entry strategy experience

A Swiss national, Aklin had led development in Asia Pacific for over 10 years for Onyx Hospitality Group. As vice president, development, he successfully executed the market entry strategies into eight regions. He commenced his career in the region managing operations and pre-opening projects in 2003.

Aklin has relocated to Hong Kong from Bangkok and will report directly to the CEO.

He is fluent in Thai, German, English and French. Graduating from the Swiss Hotel Management School Lucerne in Switzerland, Aklin has an EMBA from Sasin School of Management, Bangkok, Thailand/Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University Chicago, USA.

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