Australian hotelier Bruce Ryde has been headhunted to lead Marriott International’s fast-growing Asia-Pacific luxury portfolio – which it aims to double over the next few years.
Ryde joins Marriott International as Asia-Pacific Vice-President for Luxury Brands and Brand Marketing.
It’s a newly-created role and appears to be a mirror image of the job Ryde, who hails from Sydney, was doing at InterContinental Hotels Group.
“We are delighted to have Bruce join us at Marriott International,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific.
“He is a highly-regarded industry insider who comes to us with a wealth of experience in brand strategy across the luxury hospitality sector.
“His expertise will be immensely invaluable to us as we prepare to double our luxury footprint in the Asia-Pacific region by adding more than 100 hotels to our current portfolio.”
He will be based in Hong Kong overseeing icon brands including The Ritz-Carlton®, Ritz-Carlton Reserve®, St. Regis®, EDITION®, JW Marriott®, W Hotels® and Bulgari.
He was previously Head of Luxury and Lifestyle, Brand & Marketing for Asia, Middle East & Africa for IHG, overseeing guest experience and marketing projects, including the redesign of its Club InterContinental, as well as the Asian debuts of Kimpton and EVEN hotels.