People on the move at Radisson Americas, JLL

Radisson Hotel Group Americas and JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group have filled newly created roles for their international operations.

Radisson Hotel Group Americas names new Latin America managing director
Radisson Hotel Group Americas has appointed Paul Adan managing director of Latin America and the Caribbean.

In this newly created role, Adan will lead the company’s development and operations teams across the region. He will be focused on executing the growth strategy in the region, along with supporting the operational excellence and overall success of franchised hotels throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

“As we continue to expand the Radisson Hotel Group Americas footprint, we see enormous potential for our brands across Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Jim Alderman, CEO, Radisson Hotel Group Americas. “We believe Paul is the key to unlocking this growth. His expertise and vast experience in the hospitality industry will help Radisson Hotel Group Americas build upon its strong history in this region and capitalize on future opportunities.”

Adan has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, primarily focused on development efforts and growing brands across Latin America with companies like Hilton, Sol Melia, NH Hotels and CBRE. He joins Radisson Hotel Group Americas from Marriott International, where he most recently served as a regional VP of development for Latin America and the Caribbean. During this time, he was responsible for all development efforts in Central and South America, where he had a strong track record of success in growing a portfolio of brands with both managed and franchise deals.

Stay tuned for more on Radisson Hotel Group Americas in the Aug. 15 issue of Hotel Business.

JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group appoints managing director and head of Greater China
JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group has named Tao Zhou as managing director and head of Greater China.

Based in Shanghai, Zhou assumed the newly created role on July 15 and will draw on his extensive Greater China hospitality experience to facilitate the next phase of growth for the business in this priority market, the company reports.

For JLL, he has oversight for the Hotels & Hospitality Group’s advisory, asset management and investment sales activities across Greater China. He also joined the business’ executive committee.

In his new role, he reports to Xander Nijnens, managing director, head of advisory & asset management, Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group, and Nihat Ercan, senior managing director, head of investment sales, Asia Pacific, JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group.

Zhou joins JLL from Huatian International Hotel Management Co., Ltd., where he served as its GM. He has also held the role of president at Country Garden Hotel Group and CEO of Luneng Group Hotel Management Co. Before moving back to China at the end of 2012, he worked for nearly six years at the hotel asset management division of Morgan Stanley Capital in Japan, and more than 16 years in the areas of hotel operation and asset management in North America.

During his 30-year career, he has overseen and asset-managed close to 200 hotels including many international branded hotels such as Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Westin, Marriott, Conrad, Hilton, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Even, Hyatt, Mercure, Novotel, Ramada, Hard Rock, Club Med and ANA Hotels.

He is the founder/president of the Hotel Asset Management Association (HAMA) in China, and was previously on the HAMA board in Japan.