Nijhawan, formerly COO for Guoman Hotels UK, will be based in Singapore with responsibility for overseeing the development and expansion of the Guoman Hotels brand across international markets, with a specific focus on Asia.
The first two Guoman hotels outside the UK are due to open in 2010 in Shanghai and Beijing. The company is also looking at potential sites in India, China and Singapore.
Meanwhile, in the UK, Heiko Figge has been appointed to the role of managing director, Guoman and Thistle, with responsibility for all hotel operations within the UK.
Both brands will benefit from a significant investment programme over the next two years, while the company continues to explore further opportunities to grow its portfolio in the UK market.