Blamey to head global comms for Conrad Hotels

Luxury hotel chain Conrad Hotels has hired Richard Blamey to head

its communications worldwide.



Blamey takes on the recently-created role of vice-president -

marketing.



He joins from internet services company Open World, where he was

managing director of marketing and sales for the last year.



Reporting to Conrad president Clem Barter, Blamey will oversee the

development of the Conrad brand globally and implement strategies for

all aspects of marketing and communications.



His appointment follows the announcement late last year that Conrad and

Hilton Hotels have formed a joint venture to expand the Conrad

chain.



Currently consisting of 12 hotels, it is looking to increase its US

presence.



'He will be making sure the PR is following the communications strategy

created to expand the luxury aspect of Conrad hotels,' said PR director

Catherine Couplan, who now reports to Blamey.



'We intend to expand in the next five years so it's important that

there's co-ordination between marketing and PR,' she added.



Blamey will divide his time between London and Brussels.



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