Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has a new CEO: industry veteran Gebhard F. Rainer. The appointment, which follows an extensive search in concert with deputy chairman, Adam Stewart, CD was designed to accelerate the strategic growth of the award-winning luxury all-inclusive brands under the Sandals Resorts International banner.
According to (SRI) chairman and founder Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, the addition of Rainer to the executive team consolidates Adam Stewart’s role as deputy chairman allowing him to dedicate more time to forward initiatives as the company prepares for a bold strategy forward.
“For 22 consecutive years, Sandals Resorts has proudly earned the distinction of being voted the World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts, for which we are immensely proud of. To be the best, you must have a team that is the best and for more than 30 years we have cultivated a staff across the Caribbean—from gardeners and housekeepers to chefs and managers—who are the finest in the industry. My son Adam has played a huge role as CEO of SRI, exceeding expectations over the past 12 years,” said the chairman in a press release statement.
Reporting directly to the chairman and deputy chairman, Rainer is a hospitality executive with global operations and international finance experience, notably with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he served as executive v.p. and CFO. According to the chairman, Rainer is a team player and goal-focused with a management style that matches the brand’s culture and is compatible with its “team first” approach.
“Rainer’s experience complements our strengths, affording me the time to expand my role alongside the chairman as the Sandals brand moves to fast-track our development plans. These are exciting times and we look forward to an even brighter future,” said Adam Stewart in a press release statement.
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