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Katherine Durant Steps in as CEO of Provenance

Bashar Wali to depart as CEO next month


April 16, 2020
Katherine Durant Steps in as CEO of Provenance

Portland, Oregon-based Provenance Hotels announced that President Bashar Wali has decided to depart from his position with the company, effective May 29, 2020. Upon his departure, current Chairman and CEO Katherine Durant will assume the role of president, and Founder Gordon Sondland will assume the role of chairman. Wali will remain involved with Provenance as a senior advisor to the company and in his capacity as a shareholder.

Provenance also announced that Ernest Glidden has joined Provenance as chief financial officer. Glidden previously served as a senior vice president, operations finance, for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, and as a regional vice president, finance, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He was also the chief financial officer for U.S. Operations at Talisker Corporation and a senior vice president of finance at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Ralph Aruzza, former executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at Belmond and vice president for sales and marketing at Rosewood Hotels, has also joined the company as chief marketing officer.

Finally, the company announced that Klaudio Simic has been promoted to senior vice president of operations.

Photo: Courtesy of Provenance Hotels

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