RPW Design announces changes to the board

Posted in People on 16 September, 2015

RPW Design is proud to announce that Mrs Ariane Steinbeck has been appointed as its new Managing Director. Jan Wilson, the current Managing Director who founded RPW in 1988, will become President and continue her close involvement with the internationally renowned Hospitality Interior Design practice.

Ariane said “I am delighted and honoured to join RPW and be appointed to this leadership position within the firm. It is a most exciting challenge to take on.”

“I truly believe that my early years in the hospitality design arena in the US and Caribbean market, weathering the many cycles of the hotel industry, and my most recent experience in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East give me a unique insight and ability to add a truly global vision and continued strong leadership to the business of RPW.  I look forward to closely collaborating with Jan in the years ahead, a woman who I deeply admire and whose vision and ethos so closely aligns with mine.” says Steinbeck.

Ariane was a founding partner of The Gettys Group in Chicago, Illinois, USA which she is leaving after 26 years of service and leadership. Ariane established and championed the firms’ Asia-Pacific operations for the past eight years, based in Hong Kong, with an additional office in Manila, Philippines. Her distinguished clients have included Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels –  notably the recent Peninsula Hong Kong refurbishment; Shangri-La Hotels, Kerry Properties, Hong Kong Jockey Club, Marriott , Hilton and numerous other high-profile hotel and residential assignments. Her most recent work has seen her and her team’s design expertise expand from Hong Kong into project work in Mainland China, Macau, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Jan Wilson said, “The timing of the management transition to a new generation is a key decision for RPW, and I believe in Ariane we have been fortunate to find someone with the experience, international reputation, drive and enthusiasm which will build on RPW’s considerable track record. I am delighted to welcome her and know that she will enhance our esprit de corps, add a new dimension to our skills, and contribute to the performance of our many successful projects.

I trust all our clients will join me in welcoming Ariane and will look forward to working with her and our team.”

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