Fairmont Raffles Hotels appoints president and COO

Michael Glennie to be responsible for hotel chain's global operations

New Fairmont president and COO Michael Glennie
New Fairmont president and COO Michael Glennie

Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), the parent company of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, has appointed Michael Glennie as president and chief operating officer.

Glennie will be responsible for the global operations of all three leading hotel brands and other entities within the FRHI portfolio, and will also provide direction, guidance and leadership support in the areas of financial performance, strategic planning, and owner relations, the company said.

"For many years now, Michael has been a prominent member of our senior leadership team and has been instrumental in establishing FRHI as a key player in the luxury hotel market," said chairman and chief executive officer, FRHI, William Fatt.

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"His extensive experience, proven track record in driving results, and sizeable base of industry relationships are all assets that will help us further strengthen our growing brands and deliver greater value to our owners and other key stakeholders. We're very fortunate to be moving someone like Michael into this key leadership role and I look forward to working alongside him in maximizing the full potential of our hotels and brands around the globe."

Glennie will also work closely with the company's development team on executing a new growth, development and expansion strategy that places a greater emphasis on acquiring, repositioning, and securing long-term management contracts.

Most recently, Glennie held the position of president real estate & development for FRHI and was responsible for directing the company's global growth and development strategy, asset management activity, and real estate functions. Prior to this, he also served as the company's executive vice president, real estate, where he spearheaded several programs and initiatives related to the company's hotel real estate portfolio.

Prior to joining FRHI in 2005, Glennie was president and CEO of Ripplewood Lodging and the Phoenix Resort company. Before this, he was employed by Boca Resorts, Inc. as president of the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and senior vice president, resort operations for the group. Earlier in his career he held a variety of management positions with RockResorts and also served as manager of New York's Waldorf-Astoria.
Glennie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom.

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