TOPHOTELNEWS Quick Takes – Hospitality personnel news roundup

by | Mar 28, 2019 | News

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Get caught up with recent promotions and appointments in the world of hospitality.

W. Geels named Vice President of Development, Europe for IHG

Willemijn Geels, IHG’s new Vice President of Development, Europe

IHG has promoted Willemijn Geels to the prestigious position of Vice President of Development, Europe.

Geels has been working in hospitality for 20 years and formerly held the position of Development & Acquisitions Director for Europe at Louvre Hotels Group and formed part of Deloitte’s Transport, Hospitality and Leisure team in Paris, where she will still be based.

Geels’ responsibilities in her new role include growing IHGs operations across Europe via their European Business Unit, which oversees managed and franchise structures.

Geels said, “It is a privilege to move into this role at a time of such strong and diverse growth for Europe. My team and I look forward to working in close partnership with our existing owners and developers to drive stronger returns, as well as bringing new partners into the IHG family.”


Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul appoints A. Yolcu as Sales and Marketing Director

Armağan Yolcu, Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s new Sales and Marketing Director

Industry professional Armağan Yolcu has been named by Istanbul’s Çırağan Palace Kempinski as its new head of sales and marketing.

Yolcu brings years of experience to this role and has a long history with this particular property.

He had managed Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s sales department until 2014, then returned to the hotel in 2015 and was promoted to a higher leadership role.

He was formerly the Vice Director of Sales at Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul Hotel and so has the necessary experience to succeed in this role.

Yolcu will assume a position on the board of the hotel and will manage the property’s sales and marketing activities.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul appoints N. Işıklı Anıl as Business Development Director

Nazlı Işıklı Anıl, Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s new business development director.

In another significant appointment for the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Nazlı Işıklı Anıl has been named as the hotel’s new business development director.

Anıl brings over 20 years of hospitality experience to her new role and comes has spent many years working with Accor in Turkey. She will also have a seat on the hotel’s board.

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Turkey Kempinski Residences General Manager and Regional Director Ralph Radtke said, “I am confident that these new and dynamic changes will contribute to the strategy and vision of Çırağan Palace Kempinski İstanbul in the coming period. Nazlı Işıklı Anıl was the first choice for this position when we look at the changes in the board of directors in the near future. I am delighted that she is among us. We would like to celebrate this important promotion and wish her continued success.”



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