London-based real estate investment company Aprirose expanded its hotel team with the appointment of Kym Kapadia as chief commercial officer and Bastien Anouil as asset manager.
The new appointments follow a growth period for Aprirose hotels since the acquisition of the QHotel portfolio for £525 million in 2017. Aprirose now has 32 hotels in its real estate portfolio.
Kym Kapadia joins Aprirose from Michels & Taylor, where she was a founding partner and board member for 11 years. Kapadia has held a range of senior positions across the UK and international hotel industry. She has worked for several major hotel companies and independent organizations throughout her 30-year career including IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Le Méridien and Whitbread (Premier Inn).
Bastien Anouil joins Aprirose from Columbus Hotel Monte Carlo where he was general manager, having worked at the company for almost eight years. Anouil began his career with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide at the Le Méridien, Nice. He has also worked as a lecturer of hotel finance at the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, and as an adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco.
In June, the company appointed Tim Shearman as CEO of Hotels. Shearman oversees the asset management and growth of the new hotel business within Aprirose’s £1.7 billion real estate portfolio.
“Kym and Bastien have a wide-range of experience and strong relationships across the hotel market in the UK and internationally,” Shearman said in a statement regarding the newest appointments. “I look forward to welcoming them to Aprirose as we continue to evolve the business and develop a market-leading team.”
Following the acquisition of QHotels for £525 million in September 2017, Aprirose is looking to identify investment opportunities in the market, CEO Manish Gudka said earlier this year. The QHotels deal brought the number of properties in Aprirose's portfolio to 37.