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Executive Appointments at Oberoi

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The Oberoi Group has made a number of key executive appointments. Mr. Alistair Ballantine has been appointed Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing - The Americas. Mr. Justin Purves has been appointed as Director of Sales - Leisure for Europe, and Mr. Mark Allvey has been appointed as Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

 Effective 1 November 2009, Mr. Alistair Ballantine will be in charge of the group’s current and future portfolio of hotels, resorts and cruisers under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands.

Mr. Ballantine will be responsible to Mr. Liam Lambert, President for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Mr. Rattan Keswani, President for Trident Hotels.

Mr. Ballantine’s immediate task will be to build a sales team that covers both the leisure and business segments. He will be based at The Group’s office in New York.

Mr. Alistair Ballantine’s experience in the travel industry spans more than 30 years. He will join The Oberoi Group from his current position as Director of Sales and Marketing, Orient-Express Hotels Trains and Cruises. Prior to joining Orient-Express Hotels in 2005, Mr. Ballantine had been the Chief Executive Officer of Shackelton & Frontiers, a fly fishing lodges and travel company. From 1978 to 2003, Mr. Ballantine served as President, United States of America and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Abercrombie & Kent International, Inc. In 1995, he assumed additional responsibility as Chairman, Abercrombie & Kent – United Kingdom and Europe.

Mr. Mark Allvey, Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa, is responsible to Mr. Liam Lambert, President, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts. He is based at The Oberoi Group’s office in London.

Mr. Allvey has more than twenty years experience in the hospitality industry. More recently, Mr. Allvey was the Global Director of Sales and Marketing for the Rocco Forte Collection. Previously, he was the Vice President, Sales for One&Only Resorts. Mr. Allvey has held the position of Director, Sales and Marketing for the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore and Vancouver. He was also the Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for the Morgans Hotel Group (formerly Ian Schrager Hotels), overseeing St Martin’s Lane Hotel and Sanderson Hotel, in central London. Mr. Allvey has also served as Chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Environmental Committee.

Mr. Justin Purves, appointed as Director of Sales - Leisure for Europe, is also based at the Oberoi Group’s office in London. Mr. Purves is responsible to Mr. Mark Allvey.

Most recently, Mr. Justin Purves was the Founder and Managing Director of Saint Judes Boutique Hotel in Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to that, he spent five years with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group as the Regional Director of Sales for the emerging markets of Continental Europe and five years with Rocco Forte Hotels in Sales positions.

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