Sandals Resorts International has appointed a new chief executive.

Gebhard F. Rainer will take up the post with immediate effect and report into chairman Gordan ‘Butch’ Stewart and deputy chairman and former chief executive, Adam Stewart.

Rainer previously worked at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he was executive vice president and chief financial operator.

The company said the appointment would allow Adam Stewart to dedicate “more time to forward initiatives as the company prepares for a bold strategy forward”.

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart said: “We are committed to not only bolstering our leadership position in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean but also to broaden our horizons with further growth of the luxury all-inclusive concept beyond the region we call home.

“My son Adam has played a huge role as CEO of SRI, exceeding expectations over the past 12 years.”

Adam Steward said: “Rainer’s experience complements our strengths, affording me the time to expand my role alongside the chairman as the Sandals brand moves to fast-track our development plans.  These are exciting times and we look forward to an even brighter future.”

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