The Rezidor Hotel Group appoints Yilmaz Yildirimlar as new Area Senior Vice President for Central and Southern Europe

23 Maj 2017

20170523_Yilmaz_REZ.jpgBrussels/ Frankfurt, 23 May 2017. The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the most dynamic hotel groups in the world, is pleased to announce the promotion of Yilmaz Yildirimlar as the new Area Senior Vice President for Central and Southern Europe. Yildirimlar succeeds Arno Schwalie, who will leave the company end of June 2017 to take up a new career step outside the hotel industry.

With Yilmaz Yildirimlar appointment, The Rezidor Hotel Group signals its commitment to promoting leaders from within. Yilmaz started his career with Rezidor in Vienna in 1995, and has held several leadership positions at the Radisson Blu Hotels in Amsterdam, Manchester and Bucharest. He has served as District Director for South Eastern Europe between 2011 and 2014. Most recently, the 50-year-old hotelier has held the position of the Regional Director in Eastern Europe, based in Moscow, since April 2014.

Federico González-Tejera, President and CEO of The Rezidor Hotel Group, is pleased to announce the appointment. "With Yilmaz Yildirimlar, we have found an experienced and passionate hotelier and people's leader to drive our strong growth in Central and Southern Europe. Yilmaz is a perfect ambassador of our corporate and brand culture. I am convinced that his international experience and people leadership skills will help drive Rezidor's reputation and business success in key markets of Central and Southern Europe. I am particularly proud of this appointment, as it showcases Rezidor's capabilities and commitment to nurture talent from within.

I would also like to thank Arno Schwalie for his great leadership and passion over the last two years. With his extensive experience of the international hospitality industry and his creative hands-on approach he has successfully further developed our business in our important home markets in Central Europe and Southern Europe. With a clear focus on operational excellence and quality, Arno has made significant contributions to our company with lasting impact on the people he has worked with. I wish him the greatest success in his future career path."

"Every market has its own profile, potential and possibilities. And I am privileged to have served across so many countries for The Rezidor Hotel Group. With globally successful brands like Park Inn by Radisson and Radisson Blu (Europe's largest hotel brand in the Upper-Upscale segment), we have a solid base to further fuel our growth of new brands like Radisson RED and prizeotel in the core markets. I am very much looking forward to continuing building on the legacy of my predecessors and taking our presence in Central and Southern Europe to the next level," says Yilmaz Yildirimlar.

In his new position, based in the Area Support Office in Frankfurt, Yilmaz will be responsible for some 90 Rezidor hotels with more than 20,000 rooms in 20 countries, effective June 1st, 2017. The countries of Central and Southern Europe include: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Moldovia and Macedonia.

Yilmaz Yildirimlar has studied hotel management in Austria and Washington. He holds an MBA in Finance and has earned several final degrees at Cornell University, New York (State), in the fields of leadership, real estate and asset management. Yilmaz Yildirimlar is married and has two children.



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Lucie Cardona, Director Media Relations & Reputation Management

Martin Melzer, Area Communications & Public Relations Manager, Central & Southern Europe


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 484 hotels with over 105,000 rooms in operation or under development in 82 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 CarlsonSM loyalty program for frequent hotel guests. In early 2014 and together with Carlson, Rezidor launched the new brands Radisson RED (lifestyle select) and Quorvus Collection (luxury). In 2016, Rezidor acquired 49% of prizeotel. Rezidor has an industry-leading Responsible Business Program and was named one the World's Most Ethical Companies by the US think-tank Ethisphere.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm, Sweden. HNA Tourism Group Co., Ltd., a division of HNA Group Co., Ltd.—a Fortune Global 500 company with operations across aviation, tourism, hospitality, finance and online services among other sectors—became the majority shareholder in December 2016.

The Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ 43,700 people in EMEA and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

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