Rakesh Sarna, Executive Vice President, Group President – Americas
Rakesh Sarna was appointed Executive Vice President, Group President – Americas for Hyatt Hotels Corporation in October 2012. Mr. Sarna is responsible for overseeing hotels in the Americas. Mr. Sarna has been with us since 1979. Prior to his current role, Mr. Sarna served as our Chief Operating Officer—International from August 2007. Under this role, Mr. Sarna was responsible for management of our full service hotels and resorts outside of the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. He also oversaw the operations of our Divisional offices in Zurich, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Dubai, UAE and Mexico City and various corporate functions in Chicago, Ill. From September 2006 to June 2007, he served as Senior Vice President for Hyatt International Corporation. Prior to that, from April 2001 to September 2006, Mr. Sarna served as our Vice President of Operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and from September 1999 to April 2001 as Director of Operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, from January 1997 to September 1999, he served as regional director for South Asia. Mr. Sarna joined Hyatt in 1979 and has held a variety of senior management food and beverage positions and served as General Manager for Hyatt Regency Belgrade, Park Hyatt UN Plaza, New York and Hyatt Regency Macau.