Oliver Bonke joins Shangri-La as president and COO
Bonke used to be senior vice president, sales & marketing for Starwood, Europe, the Middle East & Africa
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has appointed Oliver Bonke as the hotel group's president and chief operating officer.
Reporting to Shangri-La Asia Limited chief executive officer Lim Beng Chee, Bonke will assume responsibilities on September 1, 2017 and will be based at Shangri-La’s headquarters in Hong Kong.
“We are delighted to welcome Oliver and look forward to his arrival as the new president and COO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts,” said Lim. “With his proven strong leadership and operational experience globally, I am confident Oliver will drive excellence and lead Shangri-La through the next phase of the group’s development and strategy.”
“Shangri-La has earned a stellar reputation with travellers around the world. It is an honour to join this dynamic company to help develop strategy and support the future growth of its exceptional portfolio of properties. On a more personal note, I look forward to returning to Asia, which feels like a homecoming,” said Bonke.
In his capacity as president and chief operating officer, Bonke will oversee the group’s executive vice presidents responsible for regional hotel operations, as well as the operational division heads of food and beverage, sales, marketing, rooms, engineering, security, and quality improvement. Bonke has nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently with Loews Hotels & Co., headquartered in New York City, as chief commercial officer. Prior to joining Loews Hotels & Co., Bonke was chief commercial officer for InterContinental Hotels Group in the Americas; he was also with Starwood Hotels and Resorts as senior vice president, sales & marketing in Asia Pacific, and then in the same role with Starwood, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.