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Damian Clowes appointed VP- Corporate Services for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts in Asia

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Outrigger Enterprises Group has appointed Damian Clowes as vice president - corporate services for Outrigger's Asia division located in Outrigger's Asia regional office in Phuket, Thailand.

In this newly created position, Mr. Clowes will be responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring the administrative, legal and tax functions for Outrigger's rapidly growing portfolio in Asia.

"Damian Clowes will fill a key role for Outrigger's continuing expansion into Asia," said David Carey, president and chief executive officer of Outrigger. "In the short period of time that we have targeted Southeast Asia as an area of growth for our company, we have two hotels open and operating in Bali and Phuket, another hotel scheduled to open in Phuket on December 1, 2009, signed contracts for two additional hotels in Bali and Sanya, Hainan Island, China, and are negotiating for additional properties in Phuket, Vietnam and India."

Mr. Clowes has 20 years of prior legal experience, most recently as associate general counsel with Outrigger's head office in Honolulu since 2008. He was admitted as a lawyer in Australia, where he worked in both private practice for Deacons and in-house for Trust Company of Australia Limited. He moved to Vietnam with Deacons in 1997 where he became the firm's managing lawyer. In 2000, he opened PricewaterhouseCoopers' Vietnam legal practice, where he was managing partner for seven years. Prior to joining Outrigger he was country manager for Rouse & Co. International in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with an emphasis on commercial and intellectual property matters. Mr. Clowes has had extensive experience with finance, corporate and real estate transactions, and human resource matters, in Asia and Australia.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Mr. Clowes received his Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) from the University of Queensland.

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