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The Peninsula Tokyo Appoints Mina Y. Otake New Director of Marketing

TOKYO, JP. October 24, 2017 - The Peninsula Tokyo announces the appointment of Mina Y. Otake as Director of Marketing. In her new role, Ms. Otake oversees the sales and marketing efforts of The Peninsula Tokyo.

A native of Japan, Ms. Otake joins from De Beers Diamond Jewellers Japan, where she held the position of Country Director for the past three years. Prior to this, she held a number of positions within marketing and strategic planning with Sony Corporation in Tokyo, Sony Corporation of America in New York, Sony Pictures Entertainment in Los Angeles, and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communication in Sweden.

“I am very excited to welcome a highly experienced executive with an extensive background in sales and marketing at renowned corporations,” says Sonja Vodusek, General Manager of The Peninsula Tokyo. “I am confident that with Mina’s long standing history with luxury and international brands in her previous roles around the globe, she will assist in furthering The Peninsula Tokyo’s leading position as Tokyo’s premier luxury address.”

Fluent in Japanese and English, Ms. Otake holds an MBA from INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France and is a graduate of International Christian University in Tokyo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)

Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of transport, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula Istanbul, The Peninsula London and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; 1-5 Grosvenor Place in London, UK, and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.

Ms. Yuriko Ito
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