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Patrick Birchall Named GM, Willard InterContinental Washington DC

Friday, January 25, 2013
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Patrick Birchall has been named to the position of General Manager of the Willard InterContinental and Regional Director of Operations for Mid Atlantic, effective January 2013.

With over two decades experience with InterContinental hotels around the world, Patrick brings to the Willard strong industry knowledge within the luxury hospitality sector. His background centers on a balanced approach toward hotel operations, guest experience and mentorship of talented employees.

Born in Finland to a British father and Finnish mother, Patrick grew up following in his father’s “hotelier” footsteps. The family lived in several different countries and Patrick attended the American schools of Rio de Janeiro and Paris.

Patrick most recently held the position of General Manager for the Five Diamond AAA and Four Mobil Star InterContinental Atlanta, since 2008. Prior to this, he served as General Manager of the Presidente InterContinental Mexico City from 2003 through 2008. Patrick was Resident Manager of the InterContinental Paris from 2000 to 2003, achieving the hotel’s highest ever guest satisfaction score in 2002. This post was preceded by his positions as Hotel Manager for the iconic Le Grand InterContinental Paris and General Manager at the InterContinental Managua, Nicaragua.

Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Rollins College in Florida and his Master’s degree from Thunderbird University in Arizona. Over the course of his career, he served on the Board of Directors of a variety of hospitality and chamber of commerce organizations including the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association and the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of GHLA Governmental Affairs Committee member and maintains memberships in the international Skal Club and Chaine de Rôtisseurs. Patrick is married and the proud father of three sons.

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The Willard InterContinental is located in the heart of the nation's capital on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, the Smithsonian museums and the downtown business and theatre districts. The Willard epitomizes world-class hospitality as the hotel of choice for heads of state and leaders of the world's business, cultural, social and political elite. The hotel's 335 well appointed guestrooms include 41 elegant suites. Dining options include Café du Parc, the popular French bistro with seasonal outdoor seating, the Occidental Grill & Seafood, traditional Afternoon Tea in Peacock Alley and the classic Round Robin Bar. The luxurious Red Door Spa offers a wide array of pampering treatments. An American institution, the Willard has hosted nearly every U.S. president since 1853. It was at the Willard that Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic, where President Ulysses S. Grant popularized the term “Lobbyist,” and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his renowned "I Have a Dream" speech. The Willard is also noted for its 100% wind power, recycling and charitable initiatives including Anacostia River clean-up, the hotel’s “Adoption” of a Pershing Park, and support of a school prom for disabled youth. The classic Willard InterContinental combines heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort and the latest technology. Tel. 202-628-9100, 1-800-827-1747, or Web site: www.washington.intercontinental.com. Twitter: www.twitter.com/willardhotel ; Facebook: www.Facebook.com/willardhotel

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