Avani Hotels & Resorts group director Alejandro Bernabé has been promoted to operations vice president.

Based in Bangkok, he will be responsible for the operational and financial performance of the Minor Hotels’ upscale lifestyle brand as it moves to doublets portfolio from 18 properties.

Minor Hotels chief operating officer Robert Kunkler said: “We are expanding our current portfolio of 18 properties in 12 countries with more than 20 hotels in the pipeline in south-ast Asia, New Zealand, UAE, Australia, Maldives and Africa.

“To support this growth, it is essential that we provide excellent operational leadership and support to our owners, hotels and partners.

“Alejandro is the ideal candidate to lead the brand together with our dynamic operations, sales and marketing teams.”