Loews Hotels appoints managing directors in New York, Santa Monica

The entrance to the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City.

Loews Hotels & Co. promoted two managing directors to its hotels in New York City and Santa Monica, Calif. John Maibach will take over the reins at the Loews Regency New York Hotel, the Park Avenue hotel in Midtown Manhattan, and Derek McCann as managing director will oversee the West Coast’s Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Maibach was most recently GM for the Loews Boston Hotel. He led the property through a brand repositioning, was instrumental in introducing Loews in the Boson market and led the hotel’s renovation.

Starting as a housekeeping floor manager at the Hotel Macklowe, now the Millennium Broadway, Maibach then worked as the executive director of rooms at The Plaza, New York. Prior to starting with Loews, Maibach held other GM positions including The Copley Square (2007 – 2013) where he oversaw an $18-million renovation and was given the task of transforming a two-star hotel into a luxury property.

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As a native New York, he is excited to return to New York with his wife, two children and his yellow lab, Lola-Maibs.

The Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

As a hospitality industry veteran with 20 years of management experience at hotels and resorts across the U.S., McCann comes to Santa Monica from his most recent role as managing director of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz.

Prior to joining Loews Hotels & Co in 2014, McCann was VP & hotel manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, a position he held after 10 years with Gaylord Hotels. During his time in Nashville, McCann was involved on the boards of University of Tennessee's School of Retail, Hospitality and Tourism Management, as well as with Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee. After nearly two decades, McCann will be returning to Los Angeles, where he began his career in hospitality as assistant front-office manager of the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel.

Originally hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, McCann earned a degree in hotel administration from Cornell University in 1996. In his free time, Derek and his wife Erika enjoy traveling and exploring the outdoors with their two children.

“Both John and Derek have a proven track record of results coupled with demonstrating operational excellence, which is at the core of what we exemplify here at Loews Hotels,” John Cottrill, COO, Loews Hotels & Co., said in a statement. “To be able to promote from within for such critical roles in some of our most longstanding Loews Hotels, is a testament to the leadership both of these gentlemen exhibit, we look forward to seeing that continued success in New York and Santa Monica.”

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