Adrian Slater has been selected as General Manager of Grand Hyatt Seoul, effective since July 1, 2015. Slater commenced his career with Hyatt in 1987at Hyatt Regency Auckland, before working at Hyatt Regency hotels in Dubai, Perth, Saipan, Guam and Incheon. His first General Manager role was with Hyatt Regency Jeju in 2005, then with Park Hyatt Seoul, and most recently, Park Hyatt Dubai between 2010 and 2015. Slater succeeds David Pacey, whose next assignment will be announced shortly.
“I am thrilled to be moving back to Seoul, a dynamic city that I came to love after many years working at Hyatt Regency Incheon and Park Hyatt Seoul,” he says. “I am excited about exploring the new opportunities the city presents today.”
Paul Wright has been selected as General Manager of Park Hyatt Beijing, effective from August 17, 2015. Wright started his tenure in 1994 at Hyatt Regency Perth, before advancing in various food-and-beverage management positions at Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Grand Hyatt Melbourne and Grand Hyatt Bali. In 2008, he became Hotel Manager of Park Hyatt Dubai and subsequently Grand Hyatt Beijing, before his most recent assignment as General Manager at the rebranded Grand Hyatt Incheon since 2012. Wright’s replacement at Grand Hyatt Incheon will be announced in the near future.e
“My family and I are very excited to be returning to Beijing, a wonderful and culturally rich city we called home during my tenure at Grand Hyatt Beijing,” he says. “I am honoured to be joining the leadership team of Park Hyatt Beijing and look forward to contributing to the ongoing growth and success of the hotel, which under the guidance of Ronald Kang, established a market-leading position and a global reputation as a top-class luxury hotel.”
Ronald Kang, currently Area Vice President and General Manager of Park Hyatt Beijing, will be temporarily assigned to the Beijing Support Centre for Hyatt Special Projects, effective from September 1, 2015. Ronald’s next assignment will be announced in the near future.
“I am proud to have been at Park Hyatt Beijing for the past six years, during which time, we have consistently been the market leader and the main hospitality address within Beijing’s CBD,” says Kang. “I pay tribute to every associate at Park Hyatt Beijing for their support and dedication during my tenure, and look forward to my assignment at the Beijing Support Centre, assisting and focusing on our China priorities.”
Johnny Kiu has been selected as General Manager of the newly reflagged Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley, effective from August 17, 2015. Kiu has vast hospitality experience working for a number of international hotel chains—including Four Seasons, Marriott, Peninsula, Shangri-La and Intercontinental—while located in Hong Kong, Indonesia and various cities in China. He joined Hyatt in 2013 with his first General Manager assignment at Hyatt Regency Guiyang, where his replacement will be announced in the near future.
“I am very excited to lead the first Hyatt hotel in the Central China region and also the first Hyatt reflagging project in China,” Kiu says. “I look forward to working closely with different corporate functional heads and our other colleagues in the new location, and to the continued expansion of the Hyatt Regency brand in China.”
Mark Lyons has been selected as General Manager of the Hyatt-managed Roppongi Hills Club, effective from July 15, 2015. Lyons began his Hyatt tenure at Hyatt Regency Sydney in 1995, before progressing through various rooms-management positions at Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Park Hyatt Melbourne, Grand Hyatt Taipei, Grand Hyatt Beijing and Grand Hyatt Shanghai. Since 2010, he has been Hotel Manager at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi.
“Coming to Tokyo brings me an enormous amount of personal satisfaction and enthusiasm and I am delighted to be selected as General Manager of Roppongi Hills Club,” says Lyons. “Roppongi Hills Club has an excellent reputation and I look forward to working with its passionate and dedicated team to deliver sincere and authentic hospitality.”
Sarah Wang has been selected as General Manager of Hyatt Place Luoyang, effective from August 1, 2015. Wang began her career with Hyatt in 2002 as the Front Office Assistant Manager at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, before progressing in various rooms-management positions at Hyatt Regency Xian, then advancing to become Director of Rooms at Hyatt Regency Jinan in 2011. Since 2014, she has been the pre-opening and opening Executive Assistant Manager for Rooms at Grand Hyatt Dalian.
“I am excited to have been selected to launch the first Hyatt Place hotel in North China, and look forward to working with a great team of people at Hyatt Place Luoyang,” says Wang “2015 has opened up a new challenging chapter in my life and I sincerely hope to make it a great success.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our colleagues on their new assignments,” says Group President of Hyatt Asia Pacific, David Udell. “They have all worked incredibly hard to get to where they are, and these advancements are more than deserved. I have no doubt that they will continue to meet each new challenge with enthusiasm, passion and the wisdom that comes with experience, and we wish them continued success and the very best of happiness in their exciting new roles.”