Veteran Corporate Housing and Property Management Executive Brings Deep Experience in
Multi-National Operational Management and Expertise in International Expansion
San Ramon, Calif., April 18, 2019—Synergy Global Housing is proud to announce that it has named Stephen Hanton as President of the company’s International Division. Hanton will report to co-founding partner Henry Luebbert and will be based in Synergy’s new European office in London. In this new role, Hanton will be responsible for leading Synergy’s ambitious expansion in the EMEA and APAC regions.
Hanton, an award-winning leader in multinational operational hospitality management with expertise in multiple operating models, rapid growth and leading teams through transitions joins Synergy from SACO (The Serviced Apartment Company), where he served as CEO Commercial from 2015, having previously been Managing Director. His responsibilities at SACO included full leadership of the business as it expanded into the Aparthotel category, managing it through its first sale, merging with a property team, and then taking a lead role in the subsequent second sale.
Hanton has also served in a variety of management and executive roles ranging across hotels, serviced apartments, property management and corporate housing. He served as Managing Director, EMEA at BridgeStreet Accommodations Ltd., having first joined the sector as General Manager of Hyde Park Residence on London’s Park Lane. Prior to this, Hanton held General Manager roles with Marriott and Holiday Inn.
Hanton’s appointment comes at a pivotal time as Synergy continues its international expansion to support its mission to reset the hospitality ecosystem. A core part of the organization’s growth strategy is to build world-class teams to serve clients at the highest service level in the regions where they operate. Hanton’s focus will be to grow the International business outside the U.S., while Debra Christopher will serve as his counterpart in the U.S. and will be Synergy’s President of the Americas. Both Hanton and Christopher have stellar reputations for their leadership qualities and for developing corporate cultures where exceptional talent wants to work.
“Stephen is coming aboard at an exciting time for Synergy, as we ‘divide and conquer’ with new team members so that we can further develop our global business and integrate with our parent company, The Ascott Limited,” said Luebbert. “I couldn’t be more proud to have Stephen and Debra—two icons in the corporate housing industry—powering the company. Both exceptional leaders have a reputation for building strong teams and driving national and global expansion at the highest level. Their leadership styles are similar – collaborative, great listening skills and the ability to ‘lead from behind’. Working together, these leaders will enable Synergy to deliver on our value proposition, scale globally and serve our clients better than ever before.”
“I am excited to become part of the Synergy team—a team that instinctively believes that success in hospitality starts and ends with happy customers and happy staff,” said Hanton, “Synergy’s co-founders Henry and Jack are the smartest people in the sector, and I’m honored to partner with Debra Christopher in our respective parts of the world to bring our extensive collective experience to the table, helping to create an organization and team that reflect Synergy’s proud culture and ambitions.”
Hanton earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors in Modern History and Politics from the University of Liverpool. He is married with two adult children.#
About Synergy Global Housing
Synergy Global Housing (Synergy) brings a superior furnished housing experience to the business travel and workforce mobility industry; providing best-in-class serviced accommodations in more than 80 countries across the globe. Synergy has Global Solutions Centers in: Dublin, Ireland; Hyderabad, India; Singapore; Shanghai, China; New York, New York; and San Ramon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County, California. Through people, passion and innovation, Synergy delivers boutique services, custom-tailored to meet each client’s individual needs, on a worldwide platform. To learn more, visit www.synergyhousing.com.
Synergy is a member of The Ascott Limited (Ascott), a Singapore company that has grown to become one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Spanning more than 170 cities across over 30 countries, Ascott’s serviced residence and hotel brands include Ascott, Citadines, Citadines Connect, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection, lyf, Préférence, Vertu, Harris, Fox, Yello and POP!. Ascott is a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), one of Asia’s largest real estate companies headquartered and listed in Singapore. Ascott boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide. For more information on CapitaLand and Ascott, please visit www.capitaland.com and www.the-ascott.com.