Published on : Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Maria Ashton has been appointed as the as Vice President, Development – Europe in Oakwood, the leading provider of corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions based in Los Angeles, California. Ashton brings a stellar track record of excellence in leadership with a strong international background in hotel development, feasibility and asset management across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Ashton will be based in London and report directly to Dennis Wong, Vice President, Portfolio Strategy and Growth, Oakwood. Prior to joining Oakwood, Ashton spent 12 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, where she began as an analyst in Feasibility & Development and held roles of increasing responsibility in Chicago, Zurich, Paris and London.
Most recently, she served as Director of Acquistions and Development, where she was responsible for fulfilling Hyatt’s development strategy throughout Western Europe. During her tenure, Ashton and the Western Europe team more than doubled Hyatt’s regional portfolio of trading hotels from 19 to 40, with an additional 34 properties in the pipeline by 2020.