Mon, 7 May 2018

Simon Gilkes Joins Rosewood Hong Kong as DOSM

Rosewood Hong Kong has appointed Simon Gilkes as Director of Sales and Marketing.

 In this role, Mr Gilkes will implement comprehensive sales and marketing strategies as part of the pre-opening team for the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, based out of Hong Kong.

 Having forged a career in hospitality over the past 18 years, he joins from sbe London (formally Morgans Hotel Group) where he oversaw 3 hotels in London as the Regional Director of Sales & Marketing.

Simon Gilkes. Click to enlarge.

Mr Gilkes began his upward trajectory in hospitality as part of the Manager-in- Development Programme at The Boca Raton Resort and Club upon graduating from the University of Surrey. He then relocated to New York City and joined The Regency New York, an Entertainment-focused property, in 1999, where he held the positions of Assistant Manager for Front of House and Sales Service Manager.

In 2001, with his experience gained from frontline operations, he stepped into the field of sales by joining The Drake New York as Sales Manager, responsible for Entertainment and Corporate Sales segments. Joining the historic St. Regis New York as Director of Corporate and Travel Industry Sales in 2003, Mr Gilkes developed significant accounts such as American Express and Virtuoso. He scooped the coveted accolade of “Top 10 Sales Manager” of Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2004.

After spending over 8 years in the United States, he returned to his city of origin to take up the role of Director of Corporate and Leisure Sales at The Savoy London, where he was promoted to Director of Sales in 2007 and was responsible for the relaunch of the hotel following its landmark 3-year closure and restoration. Joining the pre-opening team of Mondrian London at Sea Containers in 2012 as Director of Sales & Marketing, prior to joining Rosewood Hong Kong, Gilkes transitioned to sbe London (formally Morgans Hotel Group) to oversee 3 hotels in London as Regional Director of Sales & Marketing.

“Simon is a vital addition to the Rosewood Hong Kong team, and we are delighted to have his valuable global expertise to steer sales and marketing strategies for the launch of our newest ultra-luxury property in Hong Kong,” said Marc Brugger, Managing Director of Rosewood Hong Kong. “With his extensive experience with leading luxury properties in the UK and the US, Simon’s role is crucial to successfully shaping the market positioning and high-profile launch of Rosewood Hong Kong.”

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