The five-star Sofitel London St James has announced Nicolas Pesty as its new general manager.
Having started his career in France, Pesty has a long history with Sofitel Hotels, joining Accor as food and beverage manager in Sofitel Houston, in the USA, in 1991.
He then continued to work for the company across various cities and brands, including becoming director of operations at Novotel New York and Sofitel Philadelphia, of which he became a manager more than 10 years ago, in 2003.
Since 2009 he has been manager at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, and he has been in charge of guest experience for Sofitel Americas since 2011.
Commenting on his appointment, he said: "I am thrilled to be joining Sofitel London St James and look forward to continuing to reinforce the hotel's position as one of the best five star hotels in London."
Part of the Accor Group, which also includes the Novotel, Mercure and Pullman brands, French hotel group Sofitel is a global name, with more than 120 properties in nearly 40 countries.