Meritus Hotels & Resorts appoints George Benney as general manager


Meritus Hotels & Resorts (MHR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. George Benney as general manager of Shanghai JC Mandarin with effect from July 2009. George is a seasoned hotelier who has more than 25 years of experience in high-level management.

After spending 28 years with the Hyatt Group, George worked with Mandarin Oriental Jakarta in 2000 and was last with The Sukhothai, Bangkok, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Now a valuable member of the Meritus Hotels & Resorts team, his illustrious
career and varied exposure in the hospitality industry will be key to bringing
Shanghai JC Mandarin to greater heights. Located at the heart of Nanjing Lu, one of China’s key gateway cities and the world’s busiest shopping streets, the success of Shanghai JC Mandarin will further strengthen Meritus Hotels & Resorts’ presence in China.

On George’s new appointment, Mr. Frank Kuhn, president of Meritus Hotels &
Resorts commented, “George is a veteran of the hospitality industry, and we are
delighted to have him on board. China is a very significant and growing market
for us, and George is the best person to lead our team in China.”