Rezidor SAS Hospitality has appointed Thorsten Kirschke as senior vice-president and chief operating officer.
German born Kirschke has worked for the company for the past 12 years. His most recent position with Rezidor was area vice-president Germany, Austria, South East Europe, Switzerland, Italy and Poland.
Kirschke will maintain his role as area vice-president Germany in addition to his new position.
Kurt Ritter, president and chief executive of Rezidor, said: "With his background and dynamic personality he will bring some fresh blood to our executive team."
The company has 271 hotels in 47 countries, with more than 55,000 bedrooms.
By Chris Druce