Sandals Names Hospitality Veteran Gebhard Rainer As New CEO

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Gebhard F. Rainer

Sandals Resorts International Chairman and Founder, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, has announced the appointment of industry veteran Gebhard F. Rainer as CEO, effective immediately. 

 The appointment, which Sandals says follows an extensive search, was designed to accelerate the strategic growth of the luxury all-inclusive brands under the Sandals Resorts International banner.

 “Sandals Resorts has a legacy of pioneering and implementing industry innovations and 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,” said Stewart.

According to the Chairman, the addition of Rainer to the executive team consolidates Adam Stewart’s role as Deputy Chairman allowing him to dedicate more time to forward initiatives as the company prepares for a bold strategy forward. 

“For twenty-two consecutive years, Sandals Resorts has proudly earned the distinction of being voted the World’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts, for which we are immensely proud. To be the best, you must have a team that is the best and for more than 30 years we have cultivated a staff across the Caribbean -- from gardeners and housekeepers to chefs and managers -- who are the finest in the industry. My son Adam has played a huge role as CEO of SRI, exceeding expectations over the past 12 years,” Stewart said.  

Rainer is a hospitality executive with global operations and international finance experience, notably with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where he served as EVP and CFO.  According to Stewart, Rainer is a team player and goal-focused with a management style that matches the brand’s culture and is compatible with its ‘team first’ approach.

“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,” said Adam Stewart.

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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