Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today David Udell will serve as Group President – ASPAC, effective July 1, 2014. Udell, who will be based in Hyatt’s regional office in Hong Kong, will join the company’s executive team and report to Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer.
David Udell, Group President - ASPAC, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (Photo: Business Wire)“David has the skills and experience necessary to lead Hyatt’s growth in ASPAC,” Hoplamazian said. “Most importantly, he demonstrates all the attributes of a leader at Hyatt. He has a long history of caring for his colleagues and a commitment to achieving the best results for our business. His 32 years in our ASPAC operations, coupled with his recent contributions to the Global Operations Center in Chicago, set the stage for Hyatt, under David’s leadership, to grow our brands in some of the world’s most vibrant markets.” In his new role, Udell will oversee all of Hyatt’s activities in the region, which includes 12 countries, more than 26,000 colleagues, and a portfolio that currently consists of 61 managed, franchised and owned properties. He will lead the ASPAC development team, which is charged with increasing the company’s brand presence in key ASPAC markets. Udell will also be responsible for the successful operation of all of Hyatt’s hotels in the region. “I am looking forward to the excitement and challenge of leading the great team in ASPAC as we continue to expand into markets where our guests want to travel,” Udell said. “I will be very focused on supporting Hyatt’s purpose of care – through my relationships with each of my colleagues, our loyal guests, and longtime owners – while remaining keenly aware of our need to attract and develop great talent.”