Worldhotels is pleased to announce that Geoff Andrew, the organisation’s current Chief Operating Officer, will now assume the role of Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. Geoff will be succeeding Dirk Fuehrer, who has chosen to step down due to personal circumstances.
Geoff Andrew – Worldhotels New CEO
An established and well respected veteran in the travel and hospitality industry with almost 30 years of experience under his belt, Geoff is slated to lead the organisation in achieving even greater heights. Since joining in 2014, Geoff’s wealth of knowledge, expertise and contribution in the field of sales, marketing and distribution has been invaluable. Prior to joining Worldhotels, Geoff spent seven years as the Managing Director of Worldhotels’ former sister company, Nexus, and also boasts senior management roles at both Corinthia Hotels International, and Summit Hotels and Resorts.
Dirk will leave Worldhotels by the end of 2016 and relocate with his family to Vienna, Austria. The 49-year-old will however, continue to serve the organisation in an external advisory role and boost the development efforts for Worldhotels’ growing portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe. “I can think of no one more suited to helm Worldhotels,” says Dirk Fuehrer. “His experience as COO, coupled with his strong background in the hospitality industry, make him the perfect choice for this role.”
“Over the past two years, Geoff has successfully led and executed many of our strategic initiatives. We are delighted that someone of his calibre has accepted this position as CEO,” says Steve Rowley, Chairman of World Hotels AG. “While we respect and regret Dirk’s ultimate decision to leave we are very pleased that he has agreed to remain involved in the business.”
“I am honoured and thrilled over the opportunity to lead Worldhotels into the next phase of our strategic development,” says Geoff Andrew, the new CEO of Worldhotels. “Our purpose is to empower true independence and I will give my absolute all to serve the group and our hoteliers in this highly competitive and ever-evolving market.”