Jin Jiang International Hotels Announces the Arrival of Mr. Simon Zhang as CEO

Shanghai, 4 December, 2013

Jin Jiang International HOTEL Management Companyhas announced the departure of Chief Executive Officer Mr. Bernold Schroeder who will be stepping down from his role to pursueanother business opportunity.Following his departure Mr. Simon Zhang, the former CEO of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co.,Ltd.will assume the role of CEO at Jin Jiang International HOTEL Management Company. 

Schroeder has served as the CEO of Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company since 2011, during which time he has been responsible for all aspects of the company’s star-rated portfolio and establishing and executing its operation plan while directing the strategy and mission of the company. 

“It has been an honor to have been part of this leading national hotel brand in China, and to have had the opportunity to be part of the prospering growth of Jin Jiang and to start a further internationalization,” Schroeder stated on his departure. “I have had a truly rewarding and fulfilling experience here and I am confident of the future developments of the group. I have met many great and wonderful people during my time here and it has been a pleasure to work with such a great team of dedicated colleagues. It will be tough to leave this great team and community however I feel this is the right time for me to pursue new challenges that await me. ”

Simon Zhang was formally the CEO of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels Development Co.,Ltd.and hasover 20 years of experience in hotel management and F&B operations. He stated, “I am very honored to be appointed this role and I will try my best to continue driving the strategic direction of the company and to further enhance the company’s operational efficiency and brand awareness.”

Mr. Yang Weimin, Vice Chairman and CEO of Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Co., Ltd. commented, “Under Bernold’s leadership he successfully brought the company forward through a time of unparalleled positive change. He is a devoted hotelier who channeled his passion into building a strong business platform and significantly strengthening the domestic operations of the company. On behalf of the board members at Jin Jiang International HOTELS AND its employees, I thank Bernold for his dedicated work and his valuable contributions to the company during his time. Though we are sad with his departure, we wish him the very best for his future endeavors. With the great foundation that has already been built, we are confident that Simon will continue to take the company to the next level of great achievement.” 

About Jin Jiang International HOTEL Management Company Ltd. 

Jin Jiang International Hotel Management Company Ltd. (Jin Jiang International Hotels), the largest star RATED HOTEL management company in China, has a portfolio of over 116 distinctive star rated hotels with a room inventory of over 35, 000 HOTEL ROOMS spread across 74 cities in China. Under the Jin Jiang branding concept, the company has a new premium “J” hotel brand, five star properties which include the renowned heritage collection, their four star Jin Jiang properties and the Marvel Hotels, which are geared more towards business travelers.

Jin Jiang International Holdings Company Ltd. (“Jin Jiang” or the “Group”), is China’s premier hospitality conglomerate, owner, developer and operator of hotels across all market segments. The Group manages, through its wholly owned subsidiary Jin Jiang International Hotels Management Company Ltd., the entire portfolio of owned and/or operated three, four and five-star hotels and its sister company Jin Jiang Inn which focuses on budget hotels. Jin Jiang International Hotels (Group) Company Ltd. is the leading operator and manager of HOTELS IN China. Overall, the Group owns and operates a collection of over 1,460 distinctive hotels and inns in more than 230 cities and towns within 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across China with a total room inventory in excess of 223,000 and is ranked as the 9th largest hotel company globally. 

Every Jin Jiang hotel is a memorable reflection of its destination’s unique style and culture. Jin Jiang International Hotels, with its qualified hotel management background and passion for excellence, dedicates itself to offering reputable hospitality services to its valued customers. With experience originating from the 1920s, its core competitiveness has accelerated in recent years. Together, the professional corporate and hotel management teams have extensive international hospitality experiences and backgrounds. This renowned company is rapidly growing and continues to strengthen and build its brand presence in China in addition to building into a strong internationally known brand. 

For more information, please contact:
Aline Siobhan Davies 
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications 
Tel: +86 21 2037 5024
Email: aline.davies@jinjianghotels.com