Two of Asia’s leading hotel companies cleared the decks this week and appointed new leaders. Thorsten Kirschke was immediately installed as President, Asia Pacific, of Carlson Rezidor following the unexpected resignation of predecessor Simon Barlow, who left “to pursue other opportunities”. Kirschke previously led Carlson Rezidor in the Americas.

Meanwhile, in Hong Kong the Langham Hospitality Group announced Robert Warman as its new chief executive, replacing Brett Butcher, who announced his retirement in January.

Mr Warman, most recently president and chief operating officer of the Capella Hotel Group, wasted no time in saying how he would shake up the company.

“Our goal is to get the word out,” he told the Wall St Journal.

“We’re a great, quiet company with great hotels and customer satisfaction. I don’t think we have told enough people about us.”

He said there are big plans to expand in the US, where Langham has four of its 22 hotels, and grow the business to 100 properties over the next five years.

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