Bernard Lambert, former chief executive of the Le Méridien hotel group, has been made chief executive of Monaco-based Société des Bains de Mer (SBM).

The move will take Lambert back to the region of his birth, where he first studied hotel management. After graduating from Nice's hotel school, and stints at the Prince de Galles and Grand hotel in Paris, Lambert joined the Le Méridien group in 1974, and stayed for the next 28 years.

His appointments included general manager of Le Méridien in Boston in 1984, vice-president for South America in 1989 and executive vice-president of operations in 1991.

Lambert became Le Méridien's president and chief executive in 1997, but left at the end of last year following its management reorganisation by its new owner, investment bank Nomura.

SBM owns and operates four luxury hotels, 23 restaurants, a casino, an opera house and other leisure venues throughout Monaco.

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