Outrigger appoints Michael Cowan as Vice President Operations & Projects, Asia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Monday, 2 March 2009

Outrigger Enterprises Group recently appointed Michael Cowan as Vice President Operations and Projects, Asia.

In this new position Mr Cowan will be responsible for Outrigger's operational management and project development throughout Asia. He will play a significant role in helping drive Outrigger's expansion across the region. Mr Cowan will also help maintain the integrity of the Outrigger brand in Asia with a focus on new ground-up developments involving hotel and residential properties in targeted Asian resort destinations.

Darren Edmonstone, Senior Vice President, Asia, of Outrigger Enterprises Group said, "As part of Outrigger's expansion in Asia, Michael will also be responsible for the critical planning of future openings of new Outrigger properties in Asia, staff recruitment, retention, and the quality and standards compliance of all properties. With his immense experience of Asia, Michael will play a vital role in Outrigger's growth in the region."

Mr Cowan, an Australian national, has 20 years' hotel experience in Asia. He has held senior executive positions at hotels in Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Maldives, Malaysia and Australia. Mr Cowan has worked with hotel companies such as Banyan Tree, Hyatt International, Renaissance and Ramada.

Prior to joining Outrigger, Mr Cowan was a director of the Phuket-based hospitality consultancy company C9 Hotelworks. At C9 Hotelworks he oversaw the planning of numerous mixed-use developments, conducted evaluations of existing hotel operations and carried out numerous audits and project feasibility studies.

His Asian hotel industry experience includes a particular focus on developing mixed use resort and residential projects from design to completion and operation.

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