Minor Hotel Group has expanded the executive
team at its Bangkok headquarters with the following two new
Marisa Aranha has
joined the company as Vice President Sales. In this new role, Ms
Aranha will be responsible for all the sales professionals and
teams across all Minor-operated properties, including Anantara
Resorts & Spa in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and the Middle East.
As a secondary part of her role, she will also advise the CEO and
COO on sales issues affecting the owned assets that are managed by
third party operators including Four Seasons, Marriott Resorts &
Spas and St Regis concerns in Thailand.
Prior to this appointment, Ms Aranha was the
Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Starwood Hotels &
Resorts across Africa and the Indian Ocean, where she was in
charge of the sales activities for the 37 hotels in that region as
well as pre-opening planning. Earlier in her career, Ms Aranha
held leadership positions with Hilton and Hyatt International.
A French national, Ms Aranha is a graduate of
Bombay University and gained her MBA in Hospitality Management
from Cornell School of Hotel Administration at Essec, France as
well as addition qualifications from France’s top management
The other appointment, sees Ross Crowder appointed Vice President Project Management. In this role,
Ross will provide full operational leadership of the Construction
and Technical Services functions for all Minor hotel and spa
projects. This includes the development of new projects that are
owned or part owned by the Minor Hotel Group.
Prior to his
appointment Mr Crowder was with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as the
Regional Director of Design and Technical Services. Born and
educated in Australia, Mr Crowder is married with two sons.
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