Former Starwood EMEA head takes top job at Belmond

Belmond has named Roeland Vos as president and CEO, effective immediately. Vos is succeeding John Scott, who reportedly resigned by mutual agreement.

Vos served as president of the Europe, Africa and Middle East division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, from 2001 to 2013. In addition to serving on the board of Belmond, he is on the boards of the Joa Group, a private company that operates 21 casinos in France, and Albron B.V., a Dutch foundation that operates catering and restaurant businesses in the Netherlands and Belgium.

"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," said Roland Hernandez, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "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."

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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."

Belmond is the former Orient-Express Hotels. Among the European hotels it owns is Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice and Belmond Reid's Palace in Madeira. It also owns and operates the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.

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