One of the leading hospitality chain in India, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts announced this morning, the appointment of Kurt Straub as Vice President of Operations.
In his new role, Straub will be responsible for executing its operational and growth strategy in India, a nation that plays a key role in Hyatt’s global expansion plans, a company statement said.
Straub has taken charge at Hyatt’s headquarters in Gurgaon effective February 20, 2015. He is reporting to Peter Fulton, Group President, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Southwest Asia, Hyatt.
On Straub’s appointment, Fulton said: “Straub has been an integral part of the Hyatt growth story in his 20-plus years with the company. His multi-faceted international experience and strong operational expertise across continents will play a pivotal role in helping Hyatt re-inforce its goal of being the most preferred hotel brand in India and the world.”
Expressing his excitement over his appointment, Straub said: “I am delighted to represent Hyatt in India. I look forward to bringing the experience that I have gathered to the country, one of the world’s fastest growing markets.”
Straub is assuming the new role in Hyatt in India with more than 20 years of experience across multiple Hyatt brands in different countries. Most recently, Straub was area vice president for full and select service hotels in Mexico, where he counseled hotels in operations, performance, brand integrity and reputation, and owner relations. Prior to that, Straub was General Manager of Hyatt Regency Mexico City and General Manager of Park Hyatt Zurich.
Originally from Rapperswil, Switzerland, Straub is a graduate of the Hotel School Belvoirpark Zurich. In 2009, Straub was named as the Hotelier of the Year by Bilanz magazine, a prestigious award given by one of the biggest business magazines in Switzerland for individuals with outstanding service in the hospitality industry.
Hyatt was among the first international hotel brands to enter India in 1980 when its subsidiary signed a management agreement for Hyatt Regency Delhi, which opened in 1983. Three decades later, Hyatt manages 20 properties in India across its portfolio of brands in key markets, including Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Hampi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Gurgaon, Mumbai and Pune. In 2012, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Park Hyatt Chennai and Hyatt Place Hampi, the first Hyatt Place hotel to open in India, opened. In 2013, five hotels were rebranded under the Hyatt brand and three more Hyatt-branded hotels opened in Ludhiana, Gurgaon and Raipur in 2014. Hyatt Place Pune/Hinjewadi opened on January 30, 2015, the first Hyatt Place hotel in Western India.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, in the US, is a leading global hospitality group with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company’s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties, including under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Zilara™, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Residences® and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names and have locations on six continents. As of December 31, 2014, the Company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 587 properties in 50 countries.