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45023 29 Mar 2023

A Hospitality Veteran Joins Minor Hotels

Craig Cochrane to oversee people and culture functions

Bangkok, 29th March 2023:  Craig Cochrane has been announced as the new Chief People Officer of Minor Hotels effective from January 2023. The hospitality veteran joins the Bangkok-based group from his former role as Senior Vice President of Talent & Culture – Turkey, India, Middle East & Africa at Accor Hotels, a position he held from 2018.

In his new role, the British national will oversee people and culture functions for Minor Hotels, including, employee engagement, maintaining a strong company culture during Minor Hotels’ rapid expansion phase and leading learning and development programmes for the group.

Between 2012 and 2018, Cochrane was Senior VP Human Resources with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts based out of Zurich and Dubai – an executive role he was promoted to after serving as the group’s VP of Human Resources, Middle East and Asia for almost five years, overseeing 32 operating hotels and 20 under development. Prior to joining Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Cochrane held key executive Human Resources positions for the Jumeirah Group in Dubai and in Shanghai, including the post of Resort Director of Human Resources, Madinat Jumeirah, which employed 3,500 people at the time.

“I’m delighted to welcome Craig on board at this crucial time for the company when we are pursuing an aggressive expansion strategy,” Mr. Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO at Minor International and CEO at Minor Hotels, commented on the announcement. “With his vast international experience and innate understanding of the hospitality industry, I know he will deliver great value and drive Minor Hotels’ employee strategies in line with the company’s future plans.”

Craig Cochrane has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK.



About Minor Hotels:

Minor Hotels is an international hotel owner, operator and investor currently with more than 530 hotels in operation. Minor Hotels passionately explores new possibilities in hospitality with a diverse portfolio of properties designed intelligently to appeal to different kinds of travellers, serving new passions as well as personal needs. Through our Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, M Collection, NH Collection, NH, nhow, Elewana, Marriott, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Radisson Blu and Minor International properties, Minor Hotels operates in 56 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, the Indian Ocean, Europe, South America and North America.

With dynamic plans to expand existing brands and explore strategic acquisitions throughout opportunistic markets, Minor Hotels pursues a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world. 

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