New team members will cover development in Western Europe & North Africa and will be based in LondonHyatt Hotels has appointed Felicity Black-Roberts to lead Hyatt’s development team for Western Europe, Nordics and North Africa. Nuno Galvo Pinto also recently joined the company, joining Guido Fredrich and Maria Ashton in the London-based development team.
The region continues to be a significant focus for growth for Hyatt across its brands and the new team build on the strong existing foundations. Led by Senior Vice President, Acquisition & Development Europe, Africa, Middle East and South West Asia, Peter Norman, the new team members will look to significantly expand Hyatt’s footprint in the coming years.
Felicity has been named as Vice President Acquisitions and Development – Europe and North Africa. She joins from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, where she was responsible for acquisitions in the Western European region across Starwood’s ten brands. Felicity has significant experience, working for over 24 years in property as a Chartered Surveyor within the hospitality business.
“Felicity is a strong addition to our development team. Her proven leadership skills and significant experience will be of enormous benefit to Hyatt. We have been proud with the impressive growth we have seen in our footprint in Europe and North Africa in recent years and Felicity will now be able to help us drive this forward. We are very pleased to welcome her, along with Nuno, Guido and Maria to the Hyatt family,” said Peter Norman.
Commenting on her new role, Felicity said, “I am delighted to join Hyatt and lead the London team. This is a real opportunity to work with partners across the region to deliver world class hotels in locations that our guests are asking for, whether through ownership, management or franchise deals. I know I speak for the whole team when I say we are excited to get started”.
The new hires add to the significant milestones achieved by the Hyatt development team in 2016.
“The team has put a strong emphasis on franchising and select service this year, and we’ve seen important growth in both these areas as a result of the renewed focus,” Peter Norman said.
“Franchising joins management and owned agreements to add to our repertoire of deal structures in Europe and North Africa. We know that a one size fits all approach doesn’t work for developers or owners, so we are always committed to delivering the right deal, for the right location.”
Bringing this development strategy to fruition, Hyatt opened its first European resort – Park Hyatt Mallorca – in June and the expansion of Hyatt Place has continued across the continent. Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes opened earlier this year to join properties in locations such as Amsterdam and Taghazout Bay, Morocco.
Hyatt’s new team members will be working with partners on projects in the region’s key gateway cities, but also beyond into the regional heartlands. Hyatt brands such as Place, Centric and Unbound will offer a wealth of opportunities for Hyatt partners as they are further rolled out across the region. They will join existing established brands including Andaz, Regency and Park Hyatt, which remain attractive to business partners and a key source of the growth of Hyatt’s footprint.