by Michael J. Shapiro | July 05, 2017
Four top Miraval Group executives, including president and CEO Steven Rudnitsky, will step down from their posts as Hyatt continues to integrate the brand into its portfolio. Hyatt Hotels Corp. acquired Miraval in January of this year.
 
Hyatt announced the changes as part of a new leadership structure, which will see Marc Ellin, Hyatt senior vice president of operations in the Americas, assuming increasing responsibilities for the brand. Ellin will report directly to Rudnitsky, who will lead Miraval through Sept. 30, 2017; at that point, Ellin will oversee the brand's operations.
 
"Steve has led a seamless integration and built a strong foundation for the brand's growth," said Mark Hoplamazian, president and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corp. "Steve will continue to lead us through the transition, then step down at the end of September after accomplishing his goal of further setting the table for Miraval's continuing development. We are happy that Marc will work with Steve for three months before moving into this new role -- Marc lives Miraval's core principles and is the right person to maintain Miraval's growth and unique spirit."
 
The other departing Miraval executives are Tom Botts, chief marketing officer; Paul McCormick, senior vice president for Miraval operations; and Meredith Nicklas, corporate director of finance. According to Hyatt, each will depart "upon completion of their integration and transition roles."
 
"These leadership changes are natural, evolutionary and appropriate at this time, both for Miraval and the greater Hyatt organization," said Hoplamazian. "Our intention is to build upon the outstanding contributions made by Steve and his team." 
 
Hyatt remains committed to operating Miraval as an independent brand, according to the lodging company, and will continue to develop the destination wellness resorts in targeted markets. Miraval recently was added to the World of Hyatt loyalty program, allowing members to earn and redeem points at Miraval Arizona.
 
Ellin has been with Hyatt for nearly 30 years, beginning at Hyatt Regency O'Hare in 1988 and subsequently serving as general manager for the Park Hyatt Chicago, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco and the Hyatt Regency Maui. He also has been vice president and managing director of the Grand Hyatt Washington and the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale (Ariz.) Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.