Filip Boyen replaces Paul Kerr as chief executive of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

27 October 2015 by
Filip Boyen replaces Paul Kerr as chief executive of Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Filip Boyen, former chief operating office of Belmond, has been appointed chief executive of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

Belgium-born Boyen has taken over the top job after being appointed as managing director of SLH's London-based management company Hill, Goodridge and Associates, in July.

Having began his career as a commis chef, he joined Orient-Express Hotels, the forerunner of Belmond, in 1997 as general manager of Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in Tahiti. He later went on to work as a general manager in Peru and become regional vice president, Africa, Australia and Latin America for the group before being appointed group vice president operations.

Boyen said: "Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a well-known and respected brand thanks to the dedication of the talented team of top professionals working across its offices in London, New York, Singapore and Shanghai - people who live and love the brand.

"I am very much looking forward to leading this team as we look to establish an even stronger presence on the international luxury hospitality scene while, at the same time, creating more value for our members and their guests."

Anchalika Kijkanakorn, chairman of the SLH board, added: "Filip's depth of experience, not only of managing a large number of hotels over four continents but also of every aspect of the luxury hotel industry, means that he is well placed to guide SLH through the opportunities and challenges in this ever more competitive landscape.

"We look forward to the continued success and evolution of the SLH brand under his stewardship as we look to the next 25 years and beyond."

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