MUMBAI and HONG KONG - Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced the appointment of Oliver Bonkeas President and Chief Operating Officer. Reporting to Shangri-La Asia Limited's Chief Executive Officer Lim Beng Chee, Bonke will assume responsibilities on 1 September, 2017 and will be based at Shangri-La's headquarters in Hong Kong.
In his capacity as President and Chief Operating Officer, Bonke will oversee the group's Executive Vice Presidents based in Asia, mainland China and the Middle East, as well as the operational division heads of Food and Beverage, Sales, Marketing, Rooms, Engineering, Security and Quality Improvement.
"We are delighted to welcome Oliver Bonke and look forward to his arrival as the new President and COO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts," said Lim. "With his proven strong leadership and operational experience globally, I am confident Oliver will drive excellence and lead Shangri-La through the next phase of the group's development and strategy."
Bonke has nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently with Loews Hotels as Chief Commercial Officer. Loews Hotels, headquartered in New York, is a luxury hotel brand comprised of 24 properties that it owns and operates in key urban and resort destinations across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Loews Hotels, Bonke was Chief Commercial Officer for InterContinental Hotels Group in the Americas; he was also with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing in Asia Pacific, and then in the same role with Starwood covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.