Loews Hotels & Resorts appointed Oliver Bonke as the company’s first chief commercial officer effective Jan. 11, 2016. Bonke will oversee the strategic growth of the Loews family of brands, which are Loews Hotels & Resorts, Loews Regency and the OE Collection, in addition to taking ownership of sales, marketing, guest-facing technology and public affairs.
Bonke is joining Loews Hotels & Resorts from InterContinental Hotels Group, where he served as chief commercial officer of the Americas. At IHG he led the Americas Commercial Team across all top-line drivers of brand, loyalty, distribution, sales, revenue management and digital & partner marketing, and also served as the strategy and integration leader for IHG’s acquisition of Kimpton Hotels & Resorts. Prior to IHG, Bonke spent 24 years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, holding several sales, marketing and operations leadership positions across the globe, before departing the company as SVP of sales and marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University School of Business, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration & Sociology from Loyola University. Bonke credits his first summer job as a Page Boy at a hotel in his hometown of Hamburg, Germany, for his penchant to explore the world, ultimately sparking his illustrious hospitality career.