19th October 2009, New Delhi, India: The Oberoi Group has announced the appointment of Mr. Alistair Ballantine as Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, The Americas. Effective 1st November 2009, Mr. Ballantine will be in charge of The Group’s current and future portfolio of hotels, resorts and cruisers under the luxury ‘Oberoi’ and five-star ‘Trident’ brands.
Mr. Ballantine will be responsible to Mr. Liam Lambert, President for Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and Mr. Rattan Keswani, President for Trident Hotels. Mr. Ballantine’s immediate task will be to build a sales team that covers both the leisure and business segments. He will be based at The Group’s office in New York.
Mr. Alistair Ballantine’s experience in the travel industry spans more than 30 years. He will join The Oberoi Group from his current position as Director of Sales and Marketing, Orient-Express Hotels Trains and Cruises. Prior to joining Orient-Express Hotels in 2005, Mr. Ballantine had been the Chief Executive Officer of Shackelton & Frontiers, a fly fishing lodges and travel company. From 1978 to 2003, Mr. Ballantine served as President, United States of America and Group Chief Marketing Officer, Abercrombie & Kent International, Inc. In 1995, he assumed additional responsibility as Chairman, Abercrombie & Kent – United Kingdom and Europe.
Mr. P.R.S. Oberoi, Chairman, The Oberoi Group said, "On behalf of The Oberoi Group, I welcome Mr. Alistair Ballantine. I am confident that he will provide excellent direction to our sales and marketing efforts in The Americas".
Mr. Alistair Ballantine said, "I am delighted with the opportunity to assist in increasing sales for The Oberoi Group. The quality of The Group’s hotels, resorts and cruisers in India, Mauritius, Indonesia, Egypt and Saudi Arabia is quite exceptional and The Group’s plans for the future are very exciting."
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