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Okura Nikko Hotel Management, a subsidiary of Hotel Okura, Tokyo, Japan, has appointed Kikuhiko Okura as Chairman and Managing Director.
Okura brings to his new role more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in the United States and Japan. In 2019, he was appointed Corporate Advisor to Hotel Okura Co., Ltd., as well as Chairman of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, home of the Hotel Okura brand in Europe for 50 years. He has since held various management positions within the Hotel Okura Group. He holds a law degree from Keio University in Tokyo and an MBA from Cornell University in New York.
“It is an absolute honor to accept this nomination. The hospitality industry is going through a period of great change due to the massive and prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I feel boundless gratitude to all our partners and patrons for their support as well as immense responsibility in this support. position,” Okura said. “As I navigate this time of great challenges, I will strive to continue to focus on our core value –omotenashi; the Japanese spirit of hospitality, emphasizing our empathy and a genuine, forward-thinking approach to serving our guests. This spirit has underpinned the company’s operations since its inception nearly 60 years ago and will continue to be our guide as we further develop the company as a global operator to serve our customers around the world. entire. I also hope to follow in the remarkable footsteps of my predecessors and industry leaders in contributing to the hospitality industry.
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