Bob van den Oord has been named chief executive of Langham Hospitality Group, stepping up from his role as regional vice president – Europe, Middle East and North America from 1 September.
He will succeed Brett Butcher, who is stepping down but will retain responsibilities within the group's parent company Great Eagle Holdings as well as chief executive of the Listed Langham Hospitality Investment.
Van den Oord has served as a senior business leader at the group for the last 20 years and in his new role will lead the company's growth, enhance operational efficiencies and develop the guest experience through partnerships and digital innovations.
Dr KS Lo, chairman and managing director of Great Eagle Holdings, said: "Bob is a dynamic business leader with a diverse background and excellent track record of delivery in the hospitality business. He possesses exceptional strategic capabilities, is highly operational effective, and over the years has built great relationships with all our stakeholders and owners. We look forward to Bob driving the development of Langham Hospitality Group's portfolio as one of the world's eminent hospitality groups, delivering long term growth and value for all our brands and partners.
"I would also like to thank Brett for his visionary leadership of Langham Hospitality Group. The changes he has initiated to the company's global strategy, and organizational structure leaves the group better positioned for success in a post-pandemic world."
Van den Oord said: "I am delighted and humbled to have been appointed to lead Langham Hospitality Group into a new era of success. We have an attractive brand portfolio of iconic hotels, with strong appeal to guests and partners. Supported by our talented colleagues around the world, we will continue to deliver enhanced guest experiences, drive business performance with exceptional results as we serve our guests every day."
A subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group operates a portfolio of hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts, Cordis Hotels, Eaton and Ying'nFlo brands, with more than 30 projects either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation globally. The group takes its name from its flagship the Langham London hotel, which opened in 1865.