Management shake-up at De Vere

Management shake-up at De Vere

Former Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chief executive Robert Cook is returning to the De Vere Group after four years.

The managing director of De Vere Hotels from 2007-08 is becoming chief executive of the group’s 26-strong Village Hotels brand and a member of the executive board.

He replaces Gary Davis, who is leaving after five years as chief executive of De Vere Village.

In other changes, non-executive director Nicholas Bull will become non-executive chairman, allowing Andrew Coppel to focus full time on his role as group chief executive.

Coppel said: “It is excellent news that Robert is joining our team. He is highly respected within the UK hospitality industry. Given his wealth of operational experience, he will add significant value to De Vere Village in particular and to the group more generally."

Bull said: “With Robert Cook's appointment, Andrew has now put in place an outstanding management team and a robust operating structure.

“The focus now is on building a better De Vere and generating increased value for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

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