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The Plaza Announces George Cozonis Named New Managing Director

Publish Date: 30-Jul-2013

New York Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Paul S. Tormey, Regional Vice President at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to announce that George Cozonis has been named Managing Director of The Plaza, a New York icon and designated National Historic Landmark.  Bringing more than 29 years of experience to The Plaza, Mr. Cozonis, who started in May 2013, is responsible for the ongoing operations of the urban resort, located in the heart of Manhattan at the crossroads of Central Park South and Fifth Avenue.

“I am honored to be part of The Plaza, which is cherished by so many people around the world,” said Mr. Cozonis.  “Guests, patrons and fellow New Yorkers have created memories with us, many of which have been shared and recreated with multiple generations. It is truly a privilege to return to New York City, to be the Managing Director of The Plaza and work with the talented and dynamic team that restored her glamour.” 

Prior to joining The Plaza, Mr. Cozonis was General Manager of W South Beach, in Miami Beach, Florida beginning with the highly successful opening in 2009.  Mr. Cozonis began his career with Omni Hotels in 1983 as a management trainee and proceeded to work up the ladder to General Manager of three different properties including, Omni Independence Park, Philadelphia, Omni Colonnade, Miami – Coral Gables and Omni Houston. After nearly 20 years with Omni Hotels, Mr. Cozonis joined Sonesta Bayfront Hotel Coconut Grove in 2004 as the Vice President & General Manager.  He also served as General Manager of The Atlantic Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the W Retreat & Spa Vieques Island, Puerto Rico leading the pre-opening task force.

Mr. Cozonis has been active in numerous community organizations including serving on the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association, the Tourism Development Council of Miami-Dade County, the Coral Gables Cultural Affairs Council and numerous chambers of commerce.  He has served as Chair of the Visitor Industry Council and a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

A native of Greece, Mr. Cozonis holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, Cum Laude from University of New Hampshire. He has also completed the General Managers’ Program from Cornell University and is a Licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) in the State of Florida. He currently resides in Manhattan.


About The Plaza

Timeless, captivating and unforgettable, The Plaza is where memories are made. The passionate and uncompromising service which made the hotel a legend has been re-ignited with a new and contemporary spirit. The Plaza is an extraordinary hotel and a true Urban Resort destination that offers guests every indulgence, featuring The Shops at the Plaza, La Palestra, Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa, the flagship Warren-Tricomi Salon and the Eloise Shop. The Palm Court provides a quintessential New York experience, and the opulent Grand Ballroom continues to host the world’s most memorable events. The Plaza is also home to the elegant Champagne Bar, the ever-stylish Rose Club, and The Plaza Food Hall, a 30,000 square foot culinary experience anchored by The Todd English Food Hall. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1969, it is also the only New York City hotel to be designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Plaza is managed by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. For reservations and additional information, please call 888-240-7775 or visit


About Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 65 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Fairmont  balances the company’s economic, environmental and social priorities and provides the framework for responsible hotel operations through the Sustainability Partnership program.  Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit 


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