Oakwood Worldwide Expands Global Operations With Opening Of Canada Office

Elle Crane Assumes Leadership Role in Corporate Housing Industry

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Oakwood Worldwide, the global leader in corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions, has expanded its Canadian operations with the opening of a Toronto-based office and the hiring of 20-year corporate housing veteran, Elle Crane, to support the company's corporate housing partners and continue to strengthen Oakwood Worldwide's footprint in Canada.

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Oakwood has maintained a presence in Canada for the past 10 years, providing furnished, temporary housing across the country. The opening of the Canada office represents the company's commitment to a significant increase in demand for housing across Canada. Many cities throughout the Alberta province are attracting businesses who want to explore the region's untapped natural resources. Companies involved in the industries of oil, gas, energy, mining and potash have begun sending employees and contractors to the area in greater numbers over the past two years.

"Canada is experiencing a surge that is showing no signs of slowing down," said Maria Schmitt, general manager for the Americas region at Oakwood Worldwide. "Having our office in Toronto and a well-connected, experienced supply chain manager like Elle on board is giving us an incredible advantage for meeting the unique demands of our clients in the region."

The company's response to mounting business in Canada is one of several key indicators that support Oakwood Worldwide's continued focus on global growth. In 2012, the company acquired the ExecuStay corporate housing brand from Marriott International, expanding its presence in the United States. Further, Oakwood Worldwide recently announced a global realignment that allows for a strategic on-the-ground presence to service clients in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, along with those in the Asia Pacific regions.

The Oakwood Worldwide Canada office is located at 2 Bloor Street West in Toronto, Ontario. Elle Crane may be reached at +416.972.1432.

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Oakwood Worldwide®, based in Los Angeles, Calif., is the leading provider of corporate housing and serviced apartment solutions through its two well-known brands, Oakwood® and ExecuStay®. Both brands provide move-in-ready furnished housing designed to meet the needs of business travelers on long- and short-term assignments. Oakwood® has access to the largest selection of housing options and a presence in all 50 United States and more than 55 countries. ExecuStay is the preferred corporate housing partner of Marriott® International and is the only corporate housing brand where guests can earn Marriott Rewards® points for stays at any ExecuStay location in the U.S.

For more information, please visit www.oakwood.com and www.execustay.com.

SOURCE: Oakwood Worldwide

For further information:

Sharron Saunders, Global Communications Leader, Direct, +1-240-720-3003, Mobile, +1-301-500-5737, ssaunders@oakwood.com

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