The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. has announced a reorganization of its senior leadership team. Daniel Neumann has been appointed senior vice president and CFO and Claudia Kozma Kaplan has been appointed senior vice president of marketing and communications. The reorganization is being made in the interest of increasing the company’s focus and resources on its core business.
"Going forward we will focus on the core business by strengthening membership, driving more revenue to our member hotels, and adding value for our customers," said Ted Teng, president and CEO In order to accomplish these strategic objectives, an organizational realignment has been made."
Neumann has been with the company since October 1998 and was appointed senior vice president of finance in September 2002. Prior to joining Leading Hotels, he was corporate controller for the Lowell Hotel, New York and L’Ermitage, Beverly Hills. He began his career at Pannell Kerr Forster, an international public accounting and consulting firm where he departed in July 1994 as senior manager.
"While at Leading Hotels, Dan has consistently demonstrated his strong business acumen, in-depth knowledge of the company’s revenue model, proven leadership skills, and great integrity," Teng said.
Claudia Kozma Kaplan
Kozma Kaplan joined Leading Hotels in July 2003 as vice president of corporate communications. Prior to that, she was director of public relations and special events for the Société des Bains de Mer in Monte Carlo. From 1995 to 2000, she was the global director of marketing and corporate communications for The Rafael Group, a leading management company of five-star hotels. She began her career at The Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, where she departed in 1995 as international sales and marketing manager.
"Claudia’s global vision for the brand and thorough knowledge of the international luxury market has proven invaluable at Leading Hotels," Teng commented.
Other reorganization moves include Lee Andrews, previously executive vice president and CFO, transitioning into a legal advisory role. In addition, the position of executive vice president and COO, held by Welf Ebeling, has been eliminated and the responsibilities of the strategic planning department have been consolidated into other areas. As a consequence, Kim Moffitt-Hehir, vice president of strategic planning, will be leav the organization and Teng will work directly with the leadership team to set the company’s overall strategic direction. Marshall Calder, formerly senior vice president, marketing has left the organization to pursue other interests.