May 3, 2011
The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, has appointed Inge Huijbrechts as new director Responsible Business. She succeeds Sarah Rooney who has left Rezidor.
"We are delighted to welcome Inge Huijbrechts to Rezidor. She brings 15 years of international experience in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sales and Business Development with her and will further strengthen our dynamic team", said Kurt Ritter, President & CEO of Rezidor. "Doing business in a responsible way is crucial for us. We were one of the first international hotel groups to implement an own Responsible Business Programme in 1989, and we aim to maintain and constantly develop our leading position in this field", continued Ritter.
Inge Huijbrechts is Belgian. She holds a Masters Degree in business administration, economics and engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium) and an MBA "Europäische Wirtschaft" from Europa Institut, Universität des Saarlandes (Germany). Her most recent position was Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Toyota Motor Europe. Between 2003 and 2006 she sailed around the world in her own yacht and gained unique experiences in planning, logistics, organization, contact with and integrating in local communities.
"It is impressive to experience that Rezidor's "Yes I Can!" philosophy makes each of our employees practice Responsible Business in their daily activities – across the board. I look forward to improving the many existing strong initiatives and to introducing them in our numerous new hotels", commented Inge Huijbrechts.
Rezidor's award-winning Responsible Business Programme is based on three main pillars: Health & safety for guests and employees; respect for social & ethical issues within the company; and a reduced negative impact on the environment. Within the programme, hotels save water, energy & waste (half of all Rezidor properties are already eco-labelled), and support local charity projects. The group also works with World Childhood Foundation as corporate charity organization, and has signed international initiatives such as the UN Global Compact. In 2010 and 2011, Rezidor has been awarded as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by the think-tank Etisphere.
In her new position, Inge Huijbrechts is based at Rezidor's Head Office in Brussels and reports directly to the President & CEO.
For further information please contact:
Christiane Reiter, Senior Director Corporate Communication
+32 2 702 9331, Christiane.Reiter@Rezidor.com
Renu Snehi, Director Corporate Communication
+32 2 702 9241, Renu.Snehi@Rezidor.com
About The Rezidor Hotel Group
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 88,800rooms in over 60 countries.Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.The Corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.
For more information on Rezidor, visitwww.rezidor.com