Executives in the hospitality industry have taken new roles. Here’s a look:
David Taylor appointed CEO of Lore Group
Lore Group, the company behind Sea Containers London, Pulitzer Amsterdam, Riggs Washington DC and Lyle Washington DC, has promoted David Taylor (shown above) to CEO. The appointment comes as the group prepares to open One Hundred Shoreditch, the company’s sixth hotel and second in London.
With more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Taylor previously served as the company’s COO overseeing operations at the group’s hotels including opening Lyle Washington DC in April 2021 and steering the properties globally throughout the pandemic.
Prior to joining Lore Group, he helped launch the EDITION brand in 2013 to lead the Principal Hotel portfolio for Starwood Capital, where he held the role of COO.
Hotel Equities taps Jenn Thompson as new VP, operations
Hotel owner, operator and development firm Hotel Equities (HE) has added Jenn Thompson as VP, operations. In her new role, she reports directly to Peter Tziahanas, SVP, operations, and provides support and oversight of key assets to include HE’s owned properties within the firm’s growing U.S. portfolio of hotels.
Thompson began her career at age 19 as the youngest GM in the Western Americas for Marriott International, then advanced to open hotels in six states and worked with every major hotel brand in both focused and full-service capacities. Among her career highlights, she opened the first Hyatt in the state of Oregon, then took the reins as GM of the Bidwell Marriott Portland in Oregon, before holding roles as area GM for Atrium Hotels. Most recently, she held a corporate position within Interstate Hotels & Resorts, supporting transitions and major renovation projects in its portfolio.
Nick Bosworth joins Choice Hotels EMEA
Supporting its European growth strategy, Choice Hotels EMEA has appointed a new director of marketing, brand and loyalty. Nick Bosworth has joined the company from Accor, where he held a global brand leadership role for the Mövenpick hotel brand. Before the acquisition of the brand by Accor, he led the brand, marketing, CRM, loyalty and PR activities for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, and has held strategic marketing roles with IHG and WorldHotels.
Bosworth is responsible for leading a pan-European marketing team with a primary focus on driving performance through direct booking channels. He manages all aspects of customer loyalty and engagement and will evolve strategies to build consumer affinity for Choice Hotels’ portfolio of brands throughout the region. His role is also responsible for the execution of loyalty and non-loyalty campaigns and promotions, including branding and advertising and managing key partnerships.
He reports to Helen ter Beek, senior director, commercial & operations who oversees the company’s core value proposition of brand management, revenue and performance optimization and a dedicated franchise services team supporting Choice Hotels EMEA franchisees.
Rosewood adds two executives
Rosewood Hotel Group has appointed Taywin (Tex) Khampasri as chief information officer and Dries Deforche as VP, legal—Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Americas (EMEAC).
In his new role, Khampasri leads a global team of IT professionals, providing guidance to the group’s digital and technology strategy. He has more than 15 years’ experience in IT, having developed enterprise digital technology and data strategy across hospitality, food and lifestyle businesses. Prior to joining Rosewood, he held the role of VP, IT digital, Minor International, where he led the design and re-platforming of the company’s e-commerce web and mobile application platform.
Deforches, in his new position, will be providing strategic legal advice and support to management on a variety of matters predominantly in the Americas and Europe regions, with additional matters globally. He joins Rosewood after serving as VP, asset management (EMEA), Marriott International, leading the structuring, negotiation and execution of corporate transactions affecting Marriott’s long-term management and franchise agreements across his respective regions.