Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced that Thorsten Kirschke will assume the role of president of the group’s Asia Pacific region effective immediately. 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, COO, Carlson.
During his tenure in the Americas, Kirschke’s achievements include 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 four Country Inns & Suites By Carlson; positive momentum in Carlson'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 EVP 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 COO, Radisson, Americas and EVP, owned and managed hotels. Scott Meyer will continue to lead Country Inns & Suites By Carlson and Park Inn by Radisson as SVP, Midscale Hotel Brands, Americas. Phil Silberstein, EVP, will lead development in the Americas. Rosenberg, Meyer and Silberstein will now report to Berg.