Industry veteran Gebhard F. Rainer has been named CEO of Sandals Resorts International, effective immediately. The appointment, which follows an extensive search, was designed to accelerate the strategic growth of the luxury all-inclusive brands under the Sandals Resorts International banner.
Reporting directly to the chairman and deputy chairman, Rainer has global operations and international finance experience, notably with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he served as EVP and CFO.
Recent Appointments at Sandals Resorts International
23 March 2021 — Current Senior National Director of Sales Garth Laird has been promoted to Vice President of Trade Sales, US. Laird joined UVI as a Business Development Manager and arose through the ranks as Director of Sales Industry Programs, where his talent for sales flourished and where he was repeatedly recognized, including winning the coveted Chairman's Award for Outstanding Sales.
23 March 2021 — Maureen Barnes-Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing in Canada has been named Vice President Sales and Marketing, Canada. A company veteran of 27 years, Barnes-Smith has successfully led the company's growth and expansion across Canada, making it the largest operation of any Caribbean resort chain in the country.
23 March 2021 — Hospitality revenue management expert William Tullmann, CRME, C.Dir, has been promoted from Director to Vice President of Operations & Revenue Strategy, where he will expand initiatives that grow global distribution, optimize revenue, and improve commercial operations.