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HRS bolsters global management team with senior appointments

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The company, which has recently enjoyed fast growth and worldwide expansion, has enhanced its organisational and management structure in the area of Corporate Solutions to offer better support with local market expertise to customers in the individual regions.

SINGAPORE – The HRS Group has announced that it is expanding its management team within its ‘HRS - Global Hotel Solutions’ brand as it increases its global presence through its 25 offices in the most important business travel markets.

The company, which has recently enjoyed fast growth and worldwide expansion, has enhanced its organisational and management structure in the area of Corporate Solutions to offer better support with local market expertise to customers in the individual regions.

Flavio Ghiringhelli, who has been with HRS since September 2012, has been promoted to the management team and becomes Vice President of Corporate Solutions, South-West & Eastern Europe.

Ghiringhelli formerly worked for easyJet and Meridiana.

Meanwhile, Dirk Schmidt takes over the North-Central Europe region as Managing Director Corporate Solutions, having joined HRS in October 2015. Previously, he was Vice President and General Manager in several companies, including Novell Inc. and Attachmate Group. Alongside Kimi Jiang (Vice President Corporate Solutions Asia Pacific) and Suzanne Neufang (Vice President Corporate Solutions Americas), they will use their local expertise to advise their multinational customers, whilst promoting the company’s proactive growth plans.

Jason Long continues to be responsible for strategic partnerships with global Travel Management Companies (TMC), Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) and Online Booking Tools (OBT) in his role as Vice President Corporate Solutions International. This enables HRS to maintain close partnerships with the most important GDSs. By offering more than five million rooms in individual hotels, HRS is the world’s largest hotel content provider. Mathias Warns, currently working as Vice President Corporate Solutions EMEA, will leave the company at the expiry of his contract in April.

Further appointments at management level have been made as HRS creates new service areas globally. Responsible for raising the MICE business to a global scale, Oliver May joins as Global Lead MICE/Strategy at HRS. Previously May held the role of Executive Vice President at Meetago.

Jeff Hillenmayer joins the American team as Head of Corporate Sourcing Americas and will be strengthening HRS’ sourcing position in the market. Hillenmayer is a former employee of Lanyon where he worked as Vice President Service.

Finally, Eduardo Murad joins HRS to take over the role of Director of Sales in Brazil. Eduardo was previously the former president of Alagev (Latin American Association of Events and Corporate Travel Managers).

Speaking about enhancing the team at HRS, HRS CEO Tobias Ragge commented: “The new structure isthe ideal basis for further growth, enabling us to meet the special requirements of our customers in the individual regions even better. At the same time, we are working within a global network, therefore meeting the expectations of the likes of Panasonic.

“I am glad that we have found the right people from within our own ranks as well from outside the company for the new roles. These promotions underline our endeavour to continuously offer opportunities for growth to our employees and fill vacancies internally.”

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