Langham promotes Bob van den Oord to CEO

Bob van den Oord has been named CEO of Langham Hospitality Group, effective Sept. 1. He steps up from his current role as regional VP – Europe, Middle East and North America.

He will succeed current CEO Brett Butcher, who is stepping down from this role but will retain responsibilities within Great Eagle Holdings—Langham Hospitality Group’s parent company—as well as CEO of the Listed Langham Hospitality Investment Ltd.

The incoming CEO has served as a senior business leader at Langham Hospitality Group for the last 20 years, leading various business units at regional and global levels.

He will bring his experience and strategic focus to further elevate its varied brands, including The Langham Hotels & Resorts, Cordis, Eaton and Ying’nFlo. He will lead the company’s growth, increasing the group’s global footprint, as well as enhance operational efficiencies and develop the guest experience through new partnerships and digital innovations, according to the company.

Dr. KS Lo, chairman/managing director, 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 operationally effective and 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.”

He added, “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.

“I am delighted and humbled to have been appointed to lead Langham Hospitality Group into a new era of success,” said van den Oord. “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 and drive business performance with exceptional results as we serve our guests every day.”