Marriott names Mexico vice president

By Gay Nagle Myers
Kevin SchwabMarriott International named company veteran Kevin Schwab as its first-ever vice president for Mexico.

“Mexico is one of Marriott International’s largest, most important and dynamic international markets, making the country well-positioned for a dedicated manager to promote further growth and ensure that the service and quality levels of our brands remain best in class,” said David Grissen, president of the Americas at Marriott International. “Schwab’s commitment to operational and service excellence and his knowledge of the Mexico market make him an excellent fit.”

Schwab joined Marriott in 1982 as sous chef at the Biscayne Bay Marriott in Miami and held various positions in the U.S. before being named director of food and beverage at the JW Marriott Mexico City and the Marriott Mexico City Airport in 1996. Two years later, he was promoted to director of operations at the Marriott Mexico City Airport and then to hotel general manager.

In 2000, Schwab was named area director of operations for the Caribbean and Latin America headquarters in Weston, Fla. He returned to Latin America to serve as general manager at the Panama City Marriott and the JW Marriott Mexico City, followed by the Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel before serving a stint in Asia as vice president and managing director of the Ritz-Carlton Macao Studio City.

Most recently, Schwab served as vice president and general manager of the Aruba Marriott Resort where he was named general manager of the year. His property was the first outside the U.S. to win Marriott’s Breakthrough Leadership Training award. Schwab was instrumental in the launch of the training program throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
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