Rudnitsky to step down from Miraval after Hyatt acquisition

by Jane Kitchen | 30 Jun 2017

Hyatt today introduced a new leadership structure for wellness brand Miraval, which it acquired earlier this year.

Marc Ellin, Hyatt senior vice president, operations, Americas, will assume increasing responsibilities for Miraval Group, including oversight of operations, sales and marketing. He will report to Steven Rudnitsky, Miraval Group president and CEO. Rudnitsky will continue to lead Miraval through September 30, 2017, at which point he will step down.

"Steve has led a seamless integration and built a strong foundation for the brand’s growth," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. "Steve will continue to lead us through the transition, then step down at the end of September after accomplishing his goal of further setting the table for Miraval’s continuing development. We are happy that Marc will work with Steve for three months before moving into this new role – Marc lives Miraval’s core principles and is the right person to maintain Miraval’s growth and unique spirit."

Three other Miraval Group executives -- Tom Botts, chief marketing officer; Paul McCormick, senior vice president for Miraval operations; and Meredith Nicklas, corporate director of finance -- will also depart upon completion of their integration and transition roles.

"These leadership changes are natural, evolutionary and appropriate at this time, both for Miraval and the greater Hyatt organisation. Our intention is to build upon the outstanding contributions made by Steve and his team," said Hoplamazian. "We are deeply appreciative of Tom, Paul and Meredith for their outstanding contributions in positioning Miraval for much continued success."

Ellin, a nearly 30-year member of the Hyatt family, began his Hyatt career at Hyatt Regency O’Hare in 1988. He then served as general manager at Park Hyatt Chicago, Grand Hyatt San Francisco and Hyatt Regency Maui. Ellin also held the positions of vice president and managing director of Grand Hyatt Washington and Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.

Hyatt acquired Miraval in January 2017 as part of its acceleration of its growth strategy by expanding beyond traditional hotel stays, and says it plans to operate Miraval as an independent brand that leverages Hyatt’s resources and customer base. Hyatt is moving ahead with its strategy to develop Miraval destination wellness resorts in targeted markets, while building a greater depth of expertise in wellness and mindfulness.

The addition and proposed expansion of Miraval is part of Hyatt’s commitment to “super serving” high-end travellers and finding new ways to understand and care for them, the company said. Recently, Miraval was formally added to the World of Hyatt loyalty program, allowing members to earn and redeem points at Miraval Arizona.

To read our in-depth interview with Hyatt and Miraval executives – including both Rudnitsky and Hoplamazian – in Spa Business Q2 2017, click here.

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Hyatt today introduced a new leadership structure for wellness brand Miraval, which it acquired earlier this year. Marc Ellin, Hyatt senior vice president, operations, Americas, will assume increasing responsibilities for Miraval Group, including oversight of operations, sales and marketing. He will report to Steven Rudnitsky, Miraval Group president and CEO. Rudnitsky will continue to lead Miraval through September 30, 2017, at which point he will step down. "Steve has led
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