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|26 Feb 2009|
|New Regional Director to head up Rezidor in Ireland|
A new Regional Director has been announced today for The Rezidor Hotel Group in Ireland. Johannes (Han) Oldenburger has been appointed to Regional Director to head up both the Radisson Blu and Park Inn brands in Ireland. Oldenburger, who is Dutch, has broad international hospitality experience, having previously held managerial positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, and in many European countries.
Oldenburger started his career as a General Manager in the Far East, working in Hong Kong and Singapore for eight years from 1982. Returning to Europe in 1990, Oldenburger joined Rezidor in 1991 as General Manager at the Radisson SAS Hotel, Amsterdam. The following year, he was promoted to General Manager of the Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel in Copenhagen and Area Vice President Denmark. In 1995, he moved to Germany as General Manager of the Radisson SAS Schwarzer Bock Hotel Wiesbaden and Regional Director Germany, and from 1996 to 2000, Oldenburger was General Manager at Radisson SAS Hotel Düsseldorf. He then worked as City General Manager for Radisson SAS Hotels Amsterdam for three years, before becoming Regional Director Benelux in 2003, a position he has held until the present time.
“I am very much looking forward to this exciting new role in Ireland,” comments Han Oldenburger. “While these are challenging times, our brands have a strong and vibrant presence here, and I am anticipating working closely with the great teams at our hotels around the country to carry us forward.”
Han Oldenburger’s successor in the Benelux countries is Willem van der Zee who has been promoted to District Director Benelux. In addition to this role, he will continue to act as General Manager of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels, Belgium. Willem, a Dutch national, joined Rezidor in 1991 as Restaurant Manager of the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels. Three years later, he left the company to pursue another career opportunity, before returning to the company as Food & Beverage Manager at the Radisson SAS Royal Hotel in Brussels.
In 2000, Willem was appointed acting General Manager of the Radisson SAS Balmoral Hotel in Spa, Belgium. A year later, he took on the position as General Manager of the hotel, before being appointed City General Manager in Spa in 2003, where he was in charge of both the Radisson SAS Balmoral Hotel and the Radisson SAS Palace Hotel.
Both Oldenburger and van der Zee will report to Thorsten Kirschke, Senior Vice President & COO for Radisson Blu & Regent.
About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of close to 370 hotels in operation and under development with 78,000 rooms in 58 countries.
Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Regent Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the goldpoints plusSM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Rezidor has signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, in order to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.
In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson Companies is the main shareholder.
The Corporate Office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.
For more information on Rezidor, visit www.rezidor.com