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Carlson, NH Appoint New CEOs

(January 2017) posted on Fri Jan 27, 2017

Tejera makes move, Aragonés gets promotion

Carlson Hotels Inc. has hired former NH Hotel Group executive Federico González Tejera as ceo. NH, in turn, has promoted Ramón Aragonés to its ceo after eight years with the company.

During his time as ceo of NH, the hotelier said González Tejera developed and executed a five-year plan to enhance its brand position, renovation strategy and profitability. His career includes a stint at Disneyland Paris and assignments with consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble in Madrid, Brussels, Stockholm and Portugal.

Federico González Tejera. Photo: Courtesy of Carlson Hotels Inc.

González Tejera is replacing David Berg, who will leave Carlson following a brief transition period. Berg did not make his scheduled opening session appearance at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles earlier this week and has not yet announced his next move.

“David Berg led Carlson Hotels through a successful period of global portfolio growth while at the same time increasing profitability, improving competitiveness and delivering substantial gains in guest satisfaction,” says Charles Mobus, who was recently appointed director of the Carlson Hotels board and is managing partner at Benedetto, Gartland & Co., a New York-based investment banking firm. “Our confidence in the future potential of Carlson Hotels is due in no small part to his efforts.”

González Tejera adds, “I look forward to working with David to ensure a smooth transition, and to joining the talented team he has cultivated over the past three years.”

Meanwhile, Aragonés has been promoted from the position of NH executive director of business and operations, which he has held since last June, to ceo. During his time with the company he has also served in such roles as managing director of operations and director of operations for its Spain, Portugal and Andorra business unit. Prior to joining the group, he worked as general manager and director of operations at the Hesperia hotel chain.

Ramon Aragones
Ramón Aragonés. Photo: Courtesy of NH Hotel Group

“NH Hotel Group is embarking on a new phase of its business plan, a plan I embrace with a sense of determination and responsibility,” says Aragonés. “My priority during this new phase is to consolidate the group's transformation project with the objective on maximizing value creation for our shareholders and other stakeholders.”

Madrid-based NH operates about 400 hotels in 30 markets across Europe, the Americas and Africa under the NH Hotels, nhow, NH Collection Hotels and Hesperia Resorts flags. Carlson, headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, has a portfolio of 1,400 hotels in operation and under development with a footprint spanning 115 countries/territories. Its brands include the Radisson, Radisson BLU, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inns & Suites By Carlson.


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