Alastair Storey, the chairman and chief executive of hospitality business Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), is to become the new president of the Institute of Hospitality (IoH).
He will officially take over the post on 13 June, from outgoing president Sir David Michels, the former chief executive of Hilton.
WSH is the parent company of six brands: BaxterStorey, Benugo, Holroyd Howe, Caterlink, Searcys and Portico.
After a successful career with Sutcliffe, latterly as chief executive, Storey founded Wilson Storey in 2000, which then became BaxterStorey. The company has grown steadily and now has annual sales of more than £600m and over 18,000 employees.
In 2012, Storey was ranked as the most influential person in the hospitality industry in a list of 100 industry professionals compiled by The Caterer.
As the new president of the IoH he will act as an ambassador, help shape the Institute strategy and participate in its calendar of events.
Storey said: "It's vital that we encourage people to join our industry and once they are here, develop their careers with quality training and qualifications. The Institute provides a great vehicle to do just that, as well as a good forum for communication, camaraderie and finding out what's going on.
"It is the Institute for managers in our industry and as such it's really important to make sure it's promoted."
Peter Ducker, chief executive of the IoH, added: "We are delighted to welcome Alastair to his distinguished new role with us. We hold exactly the same values and goals: promoting career-long learning and development and attracting new talent into our wonderful industry.
"We know he will make a most valuable contribution to the Institute's work."
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