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The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has promoted Mark Willis to the role of area senior vice president for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa, effective immediately.

In his new role, Willis assumes responsibilities for the African continent, in addition to the Middle East & Turkey, which were already areas under his purview.

British national Willis has more than 20 years' experience in the hospitality industry, including more than 15 years with Carlson Rezidor. He will continue to be based in the group’s Dubai area office.

Willis previously held the role of area vice president Middle East & Sub-Saharan Africa from 2012 to 2015.

The Rezidor Hotel Group president and CEO Federico González-Tejera said in a statement: "I am very pleased to announce Mark’s promotion and take over additional responsibilities for Africa, one of Carlson Rezidor’s core growth markets.

"Mark’s past experience in Africa and within Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group will help strengthen our network and increase operational synergies in the entire region, for the greater benefits of owners, employees and ultimately our guests."

Willis added: "I feel privileged to be given this exciting new role. With the support of our talented teams in Dubai and Cape Town, I am confident that we will continue to defend our leading positions in these key growth markets. The unification of three important markets – Middle East, Turkey & Africa – allows us to streamline our operational and cost efficiencies and better align our commercial teams to deliver memorable moments for our guests."

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