Carlson is coming to the New York area. Well, its hotels are already here, but the Minneapolis-based hotel company is setting up a global sales office close to the city (New Jersey) for the first time. To lead it, Carlson has tapped industry veteran Kaaren Hamilton; she will have the title of vice president of global sales for North America and report to Thorsten Kirschke, executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Americas.
The global sales office is focused on generating outbound sales from the United States to Carlson's hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific and will contribute to increasing the volume of inter-theater business among the regions.
Hamilton's global sales team includes the current New York-based sales resources of Carlson Hotels Worldwide, and sales experts from Radisson Edwardian Hotels, based in London, in the United Kingdom, and The Rezidor Hotel Group, based in Brussels, Belgium, both long term, strategic partners of the group.
Hamilton joined Carlson Hotels Worldwide in 2007 as a director of national sales. Prior to that, she worked for Hyatt Hotels at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson.