Hotelier of the Year 2018 and former vice-president – UK operations at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) David Taylor has joined Lore Group as chief operating officer.
The role is a new one for the company, which has a global portfolio of hotels and hospitality concepts including Sea Containers London.
Taylor said: "I am delighted to be joining the Lore Group team, to help grow the group's operational capabilities and to continue to promote best practices within the hotel industry. Lore Group has a fantastic portfolio of properties and is poised to continue to deliver forward-thinking concepts in key markets across the UK, Europe and the US.
"The industry has never faced such a challenge as Covid-19 has presented, and it's a very difficult time for us all. Focusing on the future and how we can all support each other to rebuild after this crisis is a challenge I'm passionate about – not just with Lore Group, but within our industry as a whole."
The news of his appointment comes as Lore Group chief executive Billy Skelli-Cohen steps down from the group due to personal reasons after nearly 10 years with the business.
Taylor, who won Manager of the Year at the 2015 Cateys, played an instrumental role in the launch of the Principal brand and, following the sale of the portfolio to French investor Covivio for £858m, with IHG as the operating company, oversaw the relaunch of the properties under IHG brands before leaving the company in February.
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