SOURCE: Oakwood Worldwide

December 18, 2008 08:00 ET

Oakwood Worldwide Expands Role of Senior Vice President and General Manager Gavan James

28-Year Company Veteran to Oversee Real Estate Division

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Oakwood Worldwide, the leading global temporary housing and serviced apartment provider, announces that it has expanded the role of senior vice president and general manager Gavan James. In his expanded role, James will oversee all US-based operations, as well as continue managing the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the Global Affiliate Program.

"In listening to our customers, it became apparent that we needed one strategic operations organization to lead our asset based and third party housing divisions, simplifying processes and increasing efficiencies," says Steve Selcer, COO for Oakwood Worldwide. "Gavan was a natural choice with his customer-focused aptitude and his track record as a highly effective strategist and general manager. We're delighted that we can utilize his range of talents in this new capacity."

James' new role will allow the flexibility to better match the various Oakwood offerings to meet varying customer and market needs. James oversees financial operations, facilitates customer operations support management as well as manages more than 900 associates. Serving in his current role since 1995, James has supervised Oakwood's operations expansion into numerous markets and has overseen more than 500 percent growth in his division.

In addition to his role at Oakwood, James is an active participant in the growth and development of the corporate housing industry by establishing trade standards and practices. He is a past president and founding board member of the Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA), the sole industry trade group for temporary housing providers.

James was also named "Person of the Year" by CHPA in 2002. He is a published writer in several real estate industry trade journals, such as Units and Corporate Choices. In addition, he holds the professional designation of Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP).

About Oakwood Worldwide

Oakwood Worldwide is the global leader and provider of furnished and serviced apartments. For one need or many, local or around the globe -- Oakwood offers flexible, easy-to-use, custom solutions to meet any temporary housing need.

A wide range of inventory and supplier management options allows Oakwood to provide the optimal housing solution whenever and wherever needed. With more than 3,500 Oakwood associates worldwide, nearly 23,000 apartments, and more than 300 network partners, Oakwood can meet any need and delivers with reliability clients can trust.

Their staff of trained professionals throughout the world, innovative technologies and their unparalleled customer service have made Oakwood the premier choice in temporary housing solutions for nearly 50 years.

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