A Word with GHN Advisory Board Member Ronen Nissenbaum
2019 Priorities and Growth Aspirations
1. Development: We opened 2 new hotels in 2018 and just completed a purchase of 3 hotels. Our growth trajectory looks to double our size from 13 hotels in 2017 to over 20 hotels in 2019/2020.
2. Operational efficiencies and revenue enhancements: improved profitability by 20% in 2018 and looking to do the same in 2019 prior to adding the new hotels.
3. Strengthen our position as the premier operator in Israel in terms of guest satisfaction, perception and team member engagement.
4. Significant improvement in our marketing efforts, our digital strategy, revamp of our loyalty program and continue the growth of our web.com production.
5. Continue to develop our new brands and concepts: Link Hotel and Hub Tel Aviv, Den Hotel Bangalore and the new Dan Caesarea, Israel.
About Ronen Nissenbaum
Married with three children between the ages of 23 and 17, Ronen Nissenbaum brings with him a rich and extensive background in the hotel industry in Israel and overseas. He studied hotel management in Switzerland and received an MBA from Emory University. In his last position, Nissenbaum served as Vice President of Luxury operations for Hilton Hotels in the Americas, a grouping that includes the Waldorf-Astoria and Conrad Hotels, and was responsible for 15 hotels and 3 hotels in pre-opening stages.
He has also held the position of Senior Executive VP of Operations at Marina Bay Sands (LVS) between 2009 and 2011 in the $6 Billion Integrated Casino Resort. From 2011 to 2014, Nissenbaum served as President and CEO of the New York Plaza Group owned by Mr. Yitzhak Tshuva. In addition, between 1996 and 2009, Nissenbaum held several senior positions with InterContinental Hotel Group, including Regional Vice President for North America, General Manager of the flagship Buckhead InterContinental, and the David InterContinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, The Forum Berlin and the InterContinental Paris. Prior to InterContinental, he spent a few years with Forte Hotels in London and 3 years opening Disneyland in Paris.
On January 1 of this year, Nissenbaum became the President and CEO of the Dan Hotels Corporation. In making the announcement, Michael Federmann, Chairman of the Dan Hotels’ Board of Directors, said, "I would like to wish Ronen success in this position, and am confident that, with his extensive experience, he will contribute greatly to the success and prosperity of Dan Hotels."