Centara names CEO

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Bangkok, has appointed Thirayuth Chirathivat chief executive officer.

Chirathivat replaces Gerd Steeb, who recently retired from his post as president.

Chirathivat has more than 21 years of experience in hotel business management, starting at Hyatt Central Plaza, Bangkok — now Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok — where he was F&B coordinator. Chirathivat most recently was Centara’s vice president of project management and procurement.

Chirathivat holds a bachelor’s degree from the faculty of political science at Chulalongkorn University and a master’s degree in food, hotel and tourism management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.