Carlson Hotels Promotes Mika Koponen to VP Technical Services - Asia Pacific

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Thursday, 21 January 2010

Carlson Hotels has promoted Mika Koponen to vice president of Technical Services for Asia Pacific. Based at the regional headquarters in Singapore, Koponen assumes this new leadership role after almost two years as senior director of Technical Services for Carlson Hotels in Asia Pacific.

Koponen joined Carlson Hotels from The Rezidor Hotel Group where he was the head of Technical Development for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The Rezidor Hotel group is Carlsons major partner in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Carlson is also the largest shareholder in Rezidor.

At Rezidor for 15 years, Koponens achievements include establishing the groups technical brand standards, as well as designing and constructing the first Park Inn hotel prototype in Nice, France. A bright, bold and fresh mid market brand, Park Inn was subsequently rolled out in Europe, Russia and CIS with great success.

With an aggressive pipeline of more than 70 properties or over 11,000 rooms under development in Asia Pacific, Koponen is responsible for the development and implementation of Carlsons design brand standards for new hotel projects by providing comprehensive technical support to hotel owners and their design project teams.

Mika has worked on hotel projects in some 35 countries and has made significant contribution to our growth efforts here in Asia Pacific. Im confident his wealth of experience will help further develop our business as we continue to strengthen our portfolio across the region, said Jean-Marc Busato, managing director Asia Pacific, Carlson Hotels Worldwide.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide has plans to more than double its Asia Pacific presence by 2012 focusing on four key markets India, China, Thailand and the South Pacific.

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