Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. Appoints Ralph Aruzza as Chief Sales & Marketing
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- February 6, 2013
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. (NYSE:OEH, www.orient-express.com), owner, part
owner or manager of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and river
cruise properties in 22 countries, today announced the appointment of Ralph
Aruzza as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, effective February 26, 2013. Based
in London, Aruzza will be responsible for strategic marketing, global sales
and corporate communications departments.
“I worked with Ralph Aruzza for many years at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where
he played a central role in building our brand positioning strategy and
customer relationship management tools,” said John M. Scott, President and
Chief Executive Officer. “Ralph has a strong results driven track record in
sales, having established an industry leading distribution organization that
delivered revenue increases across all business segments. I am confident that
he can be immediately effective in leading our global sales disciplines, while
taking the strategic marketing of our properties to the next level.”
Aruzza, who has 35 years of experience in the luxury hotel sector, had been
Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts since 2006.
During his seven year tenure at Rosewood, he oversaw all strategic brand
initiatives and global sales networks, while directing the Channel Management
and Customer Relationship Management disciplines. Aruzza began his career at
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and held various marketing positions at Four Seasons
Hotels and Resorts, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Camberley Hotels and
Coastal Hotel Group.
Aruzza’s appointment follows the departure of David Williams, the Company’s
former Chief Marketing Officer, in January 2013. Scott said, “On behalf of
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., I want to thank David for his contribution to the
Company over the past 32 years and wish him well in his future endeavours.”
About Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and sophisticated
adventure travel operator which seeks to deliver memorable experiences that
are the ultimate expression of each destination's authentic culture. The
Company has offered exceptional luxury travel experiences since 1976, when it
purchased Hotel Cipriani in Venice and then shortly thereafter recreated the
celebrated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, linking London, Paris and Venice,
along with other European cities. Today the Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. brand
embraces 46 hotel, cruise and luxury rail businesses in 22 countries,
including distinctive properties such as Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Grand Hotel
Europe in St Petersburg, Hotel Ritz Madrid, Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town,
Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro and Maroma Resort and Spa on Mexico’s
Riviera Maya. The Company also operates six luxury tourist trains, three river
cruise operations and one of New York’s most iconic restaurants.
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd.
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: +44 20 3117 1333
Director, Corporate Communications
Tel: +44 20 3117 1380
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