Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups, today announced the appointment of Chris Ivy as chief development officer in the Americas effective today. He will report directly to Thorsten Kirschke, president, Americas.
“Chris’ appointment will help Carlson Rezidor drive and deliver our development strategy, with a strong focus on significantly increasing the pipeline of owned/managed and franchised hotels through a targeted development strategy,” explained Kirschke. “Through key relationships with owners, developers, management companies and financial institutions, he will also identify strategic investment opportunities.”
Ivy joins Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group from Interstate Hotels and Resorts, where he was executive vice president, Acquisitions & Development. Prior to that, he served for seven years as senior vice president, Real Estate & Development for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and as vice president, Lodging Development for Marriott International for eight years. He worked as director of Development for Westin in Seattle, Wash., from 1997-98, and as director of Acquisitions for American General Hospitality Corporation from 1990-1997.
Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Rawls School of Business at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
About Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest and most dynamic hotel groups. The portfolio of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group includes more than 1,300 hotels in operation and under development, a global footprint spanning 100 countries and territories and a powerful set of global brands (Radisson Blu®, Radisson®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn® by Radisson, Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM and Hotel Missoni). The group plans to grow the portfolio to nearly 1,500 hotels in operation and under development by 2015. In most of the group’s hotels, guests can benefit from the loyalty program Club CarlsonSM, one of the most rewarding loyalty programs in the world. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and its brands employ more than 85,000 people.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., and Brussels, Belgium.