Best Western has promoted Mr. Johannes Jahns to
the position of Director of Operations Asia and Mr. Hartmut Noack
has been appointed as General Manager of the Best Western Premier
Creek Hotel, Dubai.
Mr. Jahns was formerly Best Western’s Group
General Manager for the United Arab Emirates. Under his new
assignment, effective June 1, 2009, he will transfer to the Best
Western Asia Head Quarters office in Bangkok, Thailand, and report
directly to Mr. Glenn de Souza, Vice President International
Mr. Jahns has over 30 years of
experience in the hotel industry, spanning Europe, the
Middle East and Asia. Prior to joining Best Western, he was
Chairman of Watertree Hotels and Resorts in South Korea,
overseeing the operations of over 2,500 bedrooms and
serviced apartments, while at the same time holding a position as
a Senior Vice President with Jeju Investment and Development
Company, a hotel and real estate developer in South Korea.
Mr. Jahns started his career by becoming one of the industry’s
youngest General Managers, at just 28, of the 500-bedroom Silahis
International Hotel in Manila. Since then, he has held a number of
Senior and General Managerial positions with Shangri-La,
InterContinental and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, while picking up
the award for General Manager of the year with Ramada
International Hotels in 1989.
Mr. Jahns is also an avid
enthusiast in working to develop ‘kids in sport’ and was
instrumental in setting up the Philippine Football Federation’s
Metropolitan Football League as well as the Philippine Junior Golf
Tour. He also applies this enthusiasm to philanthropy and set up
‘Being human Foundation’, an NGO in the Philippines, which
encourages companies to socially re-invest.
his appointment, Mr. Jahns said, “Moving to Bangkok and taking
over the reigns of Best Western’s operations in Asia is a
wonderful opportunity. Best Western is a great and fast-expanding
company to be with, and Asia is seen as the world’s most exciting
and innovative hotel market, and one, that I am delighted to be a
Mr. Noack did his initial hotel training at the
Professional College Hotel Industry Wuppertal, Germany. Today, he
has over 30 years experience in hotel operations and is also a
former holder of Ramada International’s Asia Pacific General
Manager of the Year Award. He was most recently General Manager at
the 252-room Hanoi Horizon Hotel in Vietnam. Previously he was
general manager of Ramada Hotel, Dubai, UAE, and Okan
Intercontinental Astana, Kazakhstan. He has also held senior
positions with Crown Plaza, Shangri-La and Hilton.
Noack’s other distinctions include the fact that he is an ISO
14001 certified auditor and has particularly well-developed human
resources management skills. He cites sports, computer, travelling
and reading among his passions when not on the job.
Reporting to the Director of Operations Asia, Mr. Noack will
assume his duties effective May 30, 2009.
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