Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in luxury hospitality, is delighted to announce the appointment of Nils-Arne Schroeder as the Senior Vice President of Operations for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.
Schroeder joins Fairmont Hotels & Resorts with a wealth of experience in luxury hospitality. His impressive career, which spans over three decades, has seen him take on complex leadership roles in Commercial, Hotel Operations and Luxury Brand Management across five countries in three continents including United Arab Emirates, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Notably, Schroeder’s extensive experience in Asia Pacific, where he was based for over 20 years, has built his business acumen for the region, placing him in good stead to harness its diversity for the growth of the Fairmont brand.
Most recently, Schroeder held the role of Vice President, Luxury Brands at Hilton, Asia Pacific where he was responsible for spearheading brand initiatives for the company’s three luxury brands in the region: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; Conrad Hotels & Resorts; and LXR Hotels & Resorts. During that time, he oversaw the openings of several landmark luxury hotels including the first LXR hotel in the region in Kyoto, Japan; and first Conrad hotel in Shanghai, China. For almost two years, Schroeder also concurrently held the position of Global Brand Head for Conrad Hotels & Resorts, overseeing the then global portfolio of 40 trading Conrad hotels and 20 hotels in the pipeline, successfully redefining and elevating the brand’s positioning and leading its strategic growth on a global scale.
In his current role with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Schroeder is fully responsible for the operational performance of 18 hotels across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. He will also oversee more than 10 openings in the region which will see the regional portfolio expand by over 50 percent. Over the coming years, guests and customers can look forward to experiencing Fairmont’s extraordinary brand of luxury hospitality in new city and resort destinations including Japan, Thailand and Vietnam with the openings of Fairmont Tokyo, Fairmont Bangkok and Fairmont Hanoi. In addition, Schroeder will lead the expansion of the Fairmont portfolio across gateway cities with the debut of hotels such as Fairmont Dubai Skyline, Fairmont Shimla Fagu, Fairmont Udaipur, Fairmont Mumbai Sahar and Fairmont Agra.
“We are delighted to introduce Nils as our new Senior Vice President of Operations for Fairmont’s Middle East and Asia regions,” CEO Mark Willis commented. “His wealth of experience in luxury hospitality and demonstrated leadership are significant assets to our team, committed to elevating the overall guest experiences at our properties. With Nils on board, we are forging ahead to solidify our position as the foremost destination for discerning travelers around the globe.”
On his appointment, Schroeder said, ” I am thrilled to be joining Fairmont Hotels & Resorts during this turning point for the brand as it is primed to redefine excellence in the luxury hospitality industry. It is an incredible opportunity to be at the helm of these talented hotel teams across Asia and the Middle East who are leading the way in delivering the most meaningful, innovative and engaging experiences to our guests. I look forward to being on this journey with the Fairmont leadership team to deliver the best of each destination as we seek to win the hearts and minds of luxury travellers across the globe.”
Schroeder’s appointment marks an exciting new chapter for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts as the brand continues to enhance its offerings and establish new benchmarks for excellence in the hospitality industry.