Worldwide: Langham Hospitality Group (LHG) has welcomed back Brett Butcher as CEO following his leave of the company in 2014.
Butcher, who led LHG between 2009 and 2014, moved into a directorial role in an Australian wine business before becoming CEO of Great Eagle Hospitality Asset Management in 2017 – the holding company for LHG.
He is also the CEO of Langham Hospitality Investments, a role he will continue to hold.
At LHG, Butcher will guide the operations of the group’s global portfolio, lead all hotel owner relations, and solicit new management contracts worldwide.
Prior to LHG, Butcher served in various operational and executive roles for nearly 20 years across the Pacific, North America and China. Under LHG, he worked as senior vice president of sales as well as managing director of Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong (later rebranded Cordis, Hong Kong).
Speaking about his appointment, Butcher said: “Langham has a solid reputation of managing quality hotels and delivering positive guest experiences. The group has developed respected hotel brands, each of which is ripe for expansion into new markets. This year, we opened hotels in Langham Place, Changsha, Cordis Hangzhou, and a fully refurbished The Langham, Boston. We will welcome our first guests in the next two months at The Langham, Jakarta and at the new 240-room Pinnacle Tower extension at Cordis, Auckland, as well as the stunning beach-facing The Langham, Gold Coast in Australia in early 2022.
“This robust global deployment of our brands in major capitals and cities augurs well for our ambitious expansion plans,” he added. “I look forward to leading the Langham team and working with like-minded investors while delivering exceptional guest satisfaction and financial operating results.”
K.S. Lo, executive chairman of LHG, said: “We are delighted to have Brett lead the LHG portfolio again. Brett is an experienced hotelier with significant experience in luxury hospitality, and he is ideally suited to lead the company through our Covid-19 recovery phases and implement a solid succession plan for the group.”
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of hotels under The Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands, with more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.