UK: Tony Burnell has been appointed the portfolio director of Leumi UK’s hotel finance desk.
Burnell brings more than 41 years of experience at Lloyds Bank to the role, 17 of which were sept as the relationship director of Lloyds’ hotels team.
Leumi UK is the British subsidiary of Israeli bank Leumi Group. Notable hotel groups that Leumi UK has supported include Shiva Hotels, 4C hHotel Group, Sircle Collection, Zetter Hotels and more.
Louise Gillon, head of hotel finance at Leumi UK, said: “Tony’s 41-year tenure at Lloyds has given him an unmatched depth and breadth of experience in the hotel sector and we’re very much looking forward to having him onboard with our expert team.
“His impressive understanding of the market will bring an exciting new dimension to the company and add additional support for our clients who are looking to invest in the sector. We’re very lucky to have such an accomplished hotel specialist to ensure that new business is embedded into Leumi UK.”
Burnell added: “This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the success of Leumi UK’s well-established hotel finance team. My career at Lloyds is something I’m very proud of, but I’ve long admired Leumi UK’s expert hotels team and I’m looking forward to working with them.
“The hotels sector has had a turbulent time since 2020 but it’s been great to see the industry get back on its feet and lending activity pick up again.”