Carlson Rezidor’s Kirschke moves to Asia Pacific

Thorsten Kirschke

Thorsten Kirschke

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MINNEAPOLIS
AND SINGAPORE—Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group 
announced that Thorsten Kirschke will assume the role of president of the
group’s Asia Pacific region effective March 17. For the past four years,
Kirschke has led Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as president of the Americas.
Kirschke will replace Simon Barlow, who resigned from his position to pursue
other opportunities. He will report to David P. Berg, chief operating
officer, Carlson.

“The
Asia Pacific region is a key growth market for Carlson Rezidor where we
continue to expand our leadership position across emerging markets,”
explained Berg. “Thorsten brings an exceptional background of leadership and
management success in the hotel industry to this role. His extensive global
experience includes management roles in Central Europe, Scandinavia, Russia,China
and the Middle East.”

During
his tenure in the Americas, Kirschke’s achievements included the articulation
and successful execution of the long-term turnaround strategy under the
group’s Ambition 2015 strategy. This has included brand positioning,
improved operational delivery, accelerated development, creation of an
effective commercial organization as well as the formation of an executive
leadership team. Some of the highlights include the revitalization and
repositioning of the Radisson brand, the introduction of Radisson Blu to the U.S.,
the launch of the Generation 4 Country Inns & Suites By Carlson; substantial
positive momentum in the company's J.D. Power and Associates guest satisfaction
rankings; and the re-launch of the  Club Carlson loyalty program.

Prior
to joining Carlson in 2009, Kirschke was the executive vice-president and chief
operating officer for The Rezidor Hotel Group based in Brussels, Belgium.
Carlson is the main shareholder of Rezidor, which is one of the fastest
growing hotel companies in the world.

In
the Americas, Javier Rosenberg will continue to lead Radisson and Radisson
Blu as
chief operating officer, Radisson, Americas and executive vice-president,
owned and managed hotels. Scott Meyer will continue to lead Country Inns
& Suites By Carlson and Park Inn by Radisson as senior vice-president, mid scale hotel
brands, Americas. Phil Silberstein, executive vice-president, will lead
development in the Americas. Rosenberg, Meyer and Silberstein will now report
to Berg.