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Rezidor announces Eric De Neef as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer (Belgique)

Hotel group set to accelerate commercial development in shifting marketplace

Rezidor announces Eric De Neef as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer (Belgique)

Hotel group set to accelerate commercial development in shifting marketplace

Catégorie : Europe - Belgique - Carrières - Nominations
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Rezidor, one of the most dynamic hotel groups worldwide and a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, announces the appointment of Eric De Neef as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer. Effective immediately, De Neef will be responsible for Rezidor’s entire commercial organisation, taking responsibility for the commercial strategy and achievement of the ambitious revenue growth objectives. He will drive all activities related to Sales, Marketing, Branding, PR, Distribution & E-Commerce, and will closely coordinate global deployment and optimization with Rezidor’s strategic partner Carlson. De Neef, a Belgian national, joined Rezidor in February 2011; the role of Senior Vice President Marketing, CRM & Global Branding Park Inn by Radisson was his most recent position. He is based in Brussels and reports directly to President & CEO Wolfgang M. Neumann.

“I am delighted to announce Eric’s extended role which supports the acceleration of our commercial strategy. We concentrate on embracing the shifting dynamics of the marketplace and on strengthening our revenue generation engine. Our aim is to constantly enhance our company culture and to further develop our overall business strategy to maximize profitable total revenue”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor.

Taking up his new role, De Neef commented: “Our commercial strategy has a strong focus on digital development and distribution. We also exploit global synergies with Carlson – as Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group we have a powerful position as one of the largest hotel groups worldwide. We want to operate a set of compelling, clearly defined and globally aligned brands that are promoted and cross-sold through efficient commercial teams and systems’ delivery”.

Rezidor operates and develops four brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group’s two core brands are Radisson Blu, Europe’s largest upper upscale brand; and Park Inn by Radisson, a young and fresh midmarket offer. In early 2014 and together with Carlson, Rezidor announced two new brands: Quorvus Collection, a new generation of expertly curated 5 star hotels; and Radisson Red, a lifestyle select offer inspired by the Millennial trends and lifestyle.

Eric De Neef has a Bachelor in Hotel Management from CERIA-IPIAT in Brussels. Prior to his time at Rezidor, he spent 23 years with Accor where he held General Manager and Regional Director positions in Belgium and was responsible for the global marketing strategy of the Mercure brand in France. At Rezidor, De Neef was instrumental for the re-launch of Park Inn by Radisson as a dynamic, contemporary brand targeting the growing guest clientele of Gen X and Gen Y and being a smart conversion model.

“Eric is an internationally experienced marketer with a strong commercial sense and innovative approach. I am confident that he will lift our commercial engine to higher performance levels – leading to increased market share and added value for our guests, employees, owners, and shareholders”, ended Neumann.

About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The Carlson Rezidor portfolio includes more than 1,340 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning over 105 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands including Quorvus Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson Red, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM. Carlson Rezidor plans to grow its portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most hotels, guests can benefit from Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor and its brands employ 88,000 people.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.

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