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Pan Pacific Hotels Group appoints Lothar Wilhelm Nessmann as new Chief Executive Officer

Lothar Wilhelm Nessmann
Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG) has announced the appointment of Lothar Wilhelm Nessmann as its new Chief Executive Officer effective 1 March 2017, following the departure of Bernold O Schroder in December 2016.
PPHG, a wholly-owned hotel subsidiary of Singapore-listed UOL Group, is one of Asia’s most established hotel and property companies.


Headquartered in Singapore, PPHG owns and/or manages over 30 hotels, resorts and serviced suites, with nearly 12,000 rooms, across Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe under its two acclaimed brands – “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL.

Lothar has close to 30 years luxury hospitality experience gained from working in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and Europe.  He joins PPHG following a 20-year career with the Shangri-La Group, where he held senior management positions ranging from General Manager to Vice President of Operations, and as Chief Operating Officer where he was instrumental in the development and positioning of Shangri-La’s Hotel Jen brand.

With Lothar’s wealth of international experience, he will lead PPHG and be responsible for its overall performance, operations management, growing the “Pan Pacific” and PARKROYAL brands in key gateway cities and building stronger partnerships with our hotel owners. “The appointment of Lothar comes at a very strategic time for the Group as it continues to expand its presence in major gateway cities across Asia Pacific and gears up to establish its presence in new markets,” said Gwee Lian Kheng, Group Chief Executive, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.

“We are looking forward to Lothar’s valuable contribution, particularly in enhancing operational excellence and driving top-line revenue across our hotels, resorts and serviced suites; as well as his ability to draw on his previous experience of operating luxury and upscale brands within the same portfolio. Having worked closely with the Shangri-La Group’s family for a considerable number of years, Lothar also has an acute understanding of the Asian culture.”

Lothar joins the Group in a year that will see the opening of PPHG’s sixth property in China – the 220-room, flagship Pan Pacific Beijing – and also the “Pan Pacific” brand’s first foray into Myanmar with the opening of Pan Pacific Yangon, a joint venture project in which it has a 40% share.  The Group will also unveil its refreshed PARKROYAL Penang Resort following a USD11 million investment.

Close on the heels of the Beijing and Yangon openings will be Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Puteri Harbour, Johor, the “Pan Pacific” brand’s first serviced suites product in Malaysia; PARKROYAL Langkawi Resort; and the UOL-owned Pan Pacific London, which will mark PPHG’s first entry into Europe.

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