With nine hotels currently within the company, the aim of Dorchester Collection is to increase its portfolio in key cities by 2015.
Having worked in hotel development for the past 15 years, Hoek joins Dorchester Collection from IHG based in London, where she held the position of vice president development, overseeing strategic investment and management opportunities for the InterContinental brand. Her previous positions include vice president development at IHG’s North America headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, responsible for branded residential development, and vice president development at Starwood’s North America headquarters in New York, responsible for growth of the St Regis brand. Prior to that, she was director of development for Europe, Africa and Middle East for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and senior associate at BNY Capital Markets Inc, focused on mergers and acquisitions.
With a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University and a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Irene brings in depth knowledge and strategic expertise to her new role at Dorchester Collection.
“Irene Hoek brings a wealth of experience to the company and the appointment marks how seriously we are taking the development of the brand”, comments Christopher Cowdray, chief executive officer of Dorchester Collection.
Hoek says: “I am thrilled to be embarking on this challenging new role and look forward to working with the team to grow the worldwide presence of Dorchester Collection.”