Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) is pleased to announce the expansion of the Starwood Sales Organisation with two appointments to the Sydney office.
Carolin Thievessen joins as Account Director and will be responsible for maintaining, developing and managing a portfolio of global accounts in the meetings and incentives space.
As Account Director for the Global Leisure and Luxury Sales team, Bridget Kroll will be representing Starwood’s luxury portfolio, including St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, W Hotels and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, from the Australian and New Zealand point of sale.
Acting as the first level of contact and support for their clients, Carolin and Bridget will ensure client goals and requirements are always met, whilst also looking for new ways to maximise revenue and generate new business opportunities.
Prior to this role, Carolin held the position of Account Manager, Global Group Sales in the Starwood Sales Office for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
“With so many new and refurbished hotels in the pipeline across Asia Pacific, it’s a really exciting time to be joining the sales team here in Sydney. I’m looking forward to leveraging this growth and deep connections with my clients to grow Starwood’s groups and meetings business,” said Carolin Thievessen.
Like Carolin, Bridget also joins the Sydney team from overseas. Hailing from Washington DC, Bridget’s previous experience as the Account Director, Business Travel for W Washington DC sees her bring invaluable knowledge and insight to her new position.
“I’m looking forward to utilising my understanding of and passion for Starwood’s brands to help foster and grow key client partnerships across the leisure and luxury segments,” said Bridget Kroll.
In their new roles, Carolin Thievessen and Bridget Kroll will report to Karryn Cutcheon, Director – Starwood Sales Organisation, Sydney.
“We are thrilled to welcome both Carolin and Bridget to Australia and their new Account Director positions. Starwood is committed to selling the way customers want to buy and we need a strong sales team in order to do this. I’m confident both Carolin and Bridget will thrive in their new positions and make doing business with Starwood even easier for their respective clients,” said Karryn Cutcheon.