Carina Chorengel has been selected to take up the role of senior VP of brand and commercial strategy in the Asia Pacific at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Chorengel will support the driving and optimization of hotel revenue streams and devise strategy to enable the speedy ramp up of new hotels. She will also assist hotels with delivering experiences designed for each brand’s target customers.
Having worked for Hyatt for 25 years, Chorengel’s previous role was VP of brands, Asia Pacific.
Hyatt has announced four other senior advancements in its core leadership team to support its expansion in the Asia Pacific.
David Udell, a 32-year veteran at Hyatt, has been appointed Asia Pacific group president.
Based in Hong Kong, Udell will oversee all of Hyatt’s activities in the region, including 12 countries, over 26,000 associates and a portfolio of brands comprised of 61 managed, franchised and owned properties.
Udell will be responsible for the operations of all Hyatt hotels in the region and will lead the Asia Pacific development team charged with increasing the company’s brand presence in key markets.
Meanwhile, 44-year Hyatt veteran Larry Tchou is selected to take up the newly formed position of Greater China senior advisor, also based in Hong Kong.
Playing a central role in Hyatt’s growth strategy and operations, Tchou will continue to provide advice and guidance to the company with a focus on development projects and activity in China.
Sara Kearney has been appointed Asia Pacific senior VP of operations. During her 30-year career at Hyatt, Kearney has held a wide variety of operations, marketing and brand strategy roles. In this new position, Kearney will be responsible for strategic planning and overseeing operations and talent development in the region. Kearney replaces Pete Sears who has been promoted to the position of Hyatt’s group president of the Americas.
The final appointment is Katie Carter, who will take up the role of VP of human resources in the Asia Pacific. Carter will focus on leadership and talent development, associate engagement and ensuring that Hyatt’s culture of empathy and innovation continues to drive preference among existing and prospective associates. Carter will replace Sharon White, who will retire by December.