Former Sun Resorts chief operating officer Philippe Cassis has been named as Belmond’s new chief operating officer.
Prior to Sun Resorts he spent 28 years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he held various positions including senior vice president, operations South America and global initiatives Latin America. In that role he managed 37 properties across Columbia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Prior to that, as senior vice president, regional director Spain and Portugal, Cassis oversaw and helped grow the region.
President and chief executive officer John M Scott said: “We are delighted to welcome Philippe, an experienced business leader with strong organisational, strategic and business development skills.”
“Philippe has a proven 30-year track record in the luxury travel industry. He will add deep operational strength to our senior management team and will be invaluable to our near-term business execution and future growth.”
Cassis joins Belmond at an important time of growth as it prepares for the launch of Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman and the first luxury touring train in Ireland, and the opening of Belmond’s first London property, Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Knightsbridge, following its restoration.
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