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Carlson Rezidor appoints Thomas Engelhart as area vice president Nordics
Brussels | January 9, 2014
Rezidor, one of the world’s most dynamic hotel companies and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the appointment of Thomas Engelhart as area vice president Nordics, effective February 1, 2014. Based in Stockholm, he will be responsible for all of the group’s 58 Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the Nordics, and will report directly to Olivier Harnisch, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rezidor.
“We are delighted to welcome Thomas to our team. Rezidor has its strong roots in the Nordics, and the region remains one of our key European markets. With his broad professional experience and his profound knowledge of the different Nordic markets, Thomas will further drive our area operations to the benefit of our owners, guests and employees”, said Olivier Harnisch, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Thomas, a Danish/Norwegian national, has an extensive background in the hospitality and service industries. He is a hotel management graduate from Hosta / Glion Group (Switzerland) and MBA from Ceram University/Theseus – Grand École (France). Having held general manager positions in different hotels in Scandinavia, he was subsequently appointed president of First Hotels. He then joined American Express, responsible for Supplier Relation Group for the Nordics and the Netherlands before being promoted to vice president Merchant Services EMEA Airlines.
Thomas next joined Scandic Hotels as senior vice president Commercial Operations and Brand Experience. He afterwards went to KF & Coop AB as Managing Director, responsible for commercial strategy. Most recently, Thomas was the interim chief consumer business officer at Klarna AB, a Swedish-based company providing online payment solutions.
"I am excited to come to Rezidor and to be back in the industry that I am so passionate about. To take on the role as area vice president Nordics makes me proud, and I am looking forward to an exciting journey of strengthening the market position of Rezidor’s core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson”, commented Thomas Engelhart.
About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the most dynamic hotel companies in the world and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The group features a portfolio of more than 430 hotels in operation and under development with 95,000 rooms in more than 70 countries.
Rezidor operates the core brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni Rezidor operates and develops the lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Programme and was awarded one the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the US think tank Ethisphere.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.
The corporate support office of The Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.www.rezidor.com
For further media information, please contact:
Angelica Montez de Oca, Director PR & Communication Nordics, Angelica.Montez@CarlsonRezidor.com
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication, Christiane.Reiter@CarlsonRezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Senior Director PR, Brand & Marketing Communication, Renu.Snehi@CarlsonRezidor.com