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Appointments & Promotions

Douglas Brennan Appointed General Manager of The Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport

TORONTO, CA. September 14, 2017 - Beginning this month, Douglas Brennan will be the General Manager at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Toronto International Airport.

Douglas was previously General Manager of the Sheraton Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, Hainan Island China. He joined Starwood in 2009 and moved to Asia Pacific where he spent most of his career opening resorts in Southern China. Prior to that, he was the General Manager at the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort. Douglas is passionate about driving high associate engagement, and has demonstrated strong financial and guest satisfaction results at hotels throughout his career.

Douglas is a Canadian who is originally from Prince Edward Island. After earning his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Brunswick, he began his hospitality career as an Activity Director at the Oakville Club Ltd. He completed his Masters of Management, International from the University of Phoenix, Arizona in 2006.

About Sheraton Hotels & Resorts

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc., makes it easy for guests to explore, relax and enjoy the possibilities of travel at nearly 450 hotels in over 70 countries and territories around the world. Sheraton continues to enhance the brand through innovative guest experience, differentiating design, multi-channel marketing and a sharp focus on service. Sheraton is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Starwood Preferred Guest®. Members can now link accounts with Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit www.sheraton.com. Stay connected to Sheraton on Facebook, and @sheratonhotels on Twitter and Instagram.

Contact:
Denise Roy
denise.roy@narrative.ca

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