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Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President for Central and Southern Europe at Rezidor

Rezidor Hotel Group has just announced the appointment of Yilmaz new Area Senior Vice President for Central and Southern Europe.

Yilmaz Yildirimlar takes over from Arno Schwalie as Senior Vice President for the Southern and Central European regions at the Rezidor Hotel Group. Based in Frankfurt, Germany, he will be responsible for more than 90 hotels totaling 2,000 rooms in 20 countries.

Yilmaz Yildirimlar began his career at the Rezidor Group in 1995, and directed Radisson Blu properties in Amsterdam, Manchester and Bucharest. From 2011, he held the position of District Director for South Eastern Europe and then Regional Director for Eastern Europe in the Carlson Rezidor Group. Yilmaz Yildirimlar studied hotel business in Washington and in Austria. He also holds an MBA in Finance and several degrees in the areas of leadership, real estate and asset management from Cornell.

“I am privileged to have served across so many countries for The Rezidor Hotel Group. With globally successful brands like Park Inn by Radisson and Radisson Blu (Europe's largest hotel brand in the Upper-Upscale segment), we have a solid base to further fuel our growth of new brands like Radisson RED and prizeotel in the core markets. I am very much looking forward to continuing building on the legacy of my predecessors and taking our presence in Central and Southern Europe to the next level," commented Yilmaz Yildirimlar on the occasion of his appointment.

As of January 1, 2017, the Carslon Rezidor group ranked 8th largest hotel group in Europe, with a portfolio of 239 properties totaling 52,361 rooms, according to data published by Hospitality ON.

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