Belmond Ltd. (the “Company” or “Belmond”) today announced that the Company’s Board of Directors has named Board member Roeland Vos as the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Mr. Vos succeeds John Scott, who has resigned by mutual agreement with the Board and has also stepped down from the Board. Mr. Vos will remain on the Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to name Roeland the Company’s new permanent President and CEO,” said Roland Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Roeland has more than 30 years of hospitality experience, including 12 years as the president of theEurope, Africa and Middle East division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where he increased the number of Starwood’s hotels in the region from 127 to 243, grew revenues to over $4 billion and managed a key region with approximately 45,000 employees. During his tenure, he led the establishment of the Arabella joint venture, resulting in long-term management contracts for 30 hotels, as well as the successful introduction of the W, St. Regis and Aloft brands in the region. Roeland also played a key role in the acquisition and integration of the Le Mèridien brand and in implementing an asset-light strategy, which generated over $2 billion in cash through the sale of hotels while retaining valuable long-term management contracts.”
Mr. Hernandez continued, “John Scott has led Belmond through a period of significant progress over the past three years, including rationalizing our portfolio, reducing costs, and developing our growth strategy. Under John, Belmond led a comprehensive rebranding effort, reinvested in core properties, strengthened its portfolio and enhanced its financial position, establishing a solid platform for the Company. I want to thank John for all of his efforts and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.
“As we focus on accelerating the pace of growth and realizing the tremendous potential of this Company, we are excited about the appointment of Roeland Vos. Roeland is the perfect CEO to grow the top-line and capitalize on the many opportunities that exist in a dynamic and rapidly changing industry. He is a strong strategic thinker, experienced hotelier and proven leader with a track record of delivering results.”
Mr. Vos said, “It’s a privilege to lead a Company with such an incredible collection of heritage properties. At the same time, I am excited by the tremendous amount of untapped potential. I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and Belmond’s management team to execute on our strategic plan and drive long-term shareholder value. Having worked with the executive team as a Belmond director, I have first-hand appreciation of the strength of Belmond’s global operating leadership. In keeping with Belmond’s long-term strategy, together we will focus on disciplined capital allocation, reinvesting in our properties, increasing the number of third party management contracts, and developing the Belmond brand as we drive top-line growth and profitability.”
Mr. Scott said, “Leading Belmond has been a great experience, and I want to thank all Belmond employees for their hard work and focus over the past three years. We have made great strides as a Company, while continuing to provide the most exceptional and unique luxury travel experiences in the world. My family and I are looking forward to returning to the U.S. after three years abroad, and I know that I am leaving the Company in very capable hands.”
The Company today also reaffirmed the guidance for the third quarter and full year 2015 that it provided in its second quarter 2015 earnings release issued on July 29, 2015, with the sole exception of central costs related to Mr. Scott’s departure and as described more fully in an 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.