Le Méridien New York, Central Park Welcomes New General Manager and Director Of Sales

USA, New York City, New York. October 28, 2019

Le Méridien New York, Central Park is pleased to announce the appointments of two new team members at the recently opened Manhattan property: Shahram Khan, General Manager, and Mirian Ortega, Director of Sales.

A self-motivated leader with over 20 years of hospitality experience, Shahram Khan comes to New York from Boston where he was General Manager at the Le Méridien Boston Cambridge. He played an active role in the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce and Tourism council and held a Marriott Advisory Board position for Children's Miracle Network, which helped raise funding for the Boston Children's Hospital. Khan was recognized as GM of the year from hotel ownership in 2018.

In his new role at Le Méridien New York, Central Park, Khan is responsible for leading business development, guest relations, and all employees for the 240-room hotel that offers breathtaking views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Khan has a proven record of creating and sustaining a highly motivated work environment that ensures guest and employee satisfaction, with financial success. Khan is excited to merge the brand's distinctly European spirit of savouring the good life with the vibrancy and hustle of the greatest city in the world - bringing to life a truly unique experience that will make a lasting impression on each and every guest.

Mirian Ortega joins Le Meridien New York, Central Park with over 16 years of experience in operations, sales and revenue within the hotel industry, having most recently been a part of the opening team for Hilton Garden Inn Times Square South. Prior to that she was the Opening Director of Sales & Marketing for Courtyard by Marriott Times Square West. Ortega was recognized for the Director of Sales & Marketing of the Year award in 2017.

With effective revenue management, strategy, and her knowledgeable approach to increasing market share, Ortega oversees the sales team at Le Meridien's only Manhattan property. She is recognized for consistently achieving results with an enthusiastic management style that incorporates a strategic approach of direct sales, focused/educated targeting, and business evaluation. Ortega is responsible for all aspects of sales such as catering, business travel and group sales, incorporating her passion for opening and rebranding hotels in New York City.

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