Pan Pacific Hotels Groups names Nessmann as CEO
Singapore – 28 February 2017 –
Pan Pacific Hotels Group appoints Lothar Wilhelm Nessmann as chief executive officer following the departure of Bernold Schroder in December.
Nessmann has close to 30 years’ luxury hospitality experience gained from working in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and Europe.
He joins PPHG following a 20-year career with the Shangri-La Group, where he held senior management positions ranging from general manager to vice president of operations, and as chief operating officer where he was instrumental in the development and positioning of Shangri-La’s Hotel Jen brand.
“The appointment of Lothar comes at a very strategic time for the group as it continues to expand its presence in major gateway cities across Asia Pacific and gears up to establish its presence in new markets,” said Gwee Lian Kheng, group chief executive, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
“We are looking forward to Lothar’s valuable contribution, particularly in enhancing operational excellence and driving top-line revenue across our hotels, resorts and serviced suites, as well as his ability to draw on his previous experience of operating luxury and upscale brands within the same portfolio. Having worked closely with the Shangri-La Group’s family for a considerable number of years, Lothar also has an acute understanding of the Asian culture.”
Headquartered in Singapore, PPHG owns and/or manages over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites, with nearly 12,000 rooms, across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe under the Pan Pacific and PARKROYAL brands.
Nessmann joins the group in a year that will see the opening of its sixth property in China – the 220-room, flagship Pan Pacific Beijing – and also the Pan Pacific brand’s first foray into Myanmar with the opening of Pan Pacific Yangon, a joint venture project in which it has a 40 percent share. The Group will also unveil its refreshed PARKROYAL Penang Resort following a US$11 million investment.
Close on the heels of the Beijing and Yangon openings will be Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Puteri Harbour, Johor, Pan Pacific’s first serviced suites product in Malaysia; PARKROYAL Langkawi Resort; and the Pan Pacific London, which will mark PPHG’s first entry into Europe.