Gareth Banner has been appointed general manager of the five-star, 245-bedroom St Pancras Renaissance hotel, which enjoyed a high-profile opening two years ago following a £200m renovation.
Banner told Caterer and Hotelkeeper that it was "a great privilege" to take up his new position. "The property is a truly iconic, Victorian masterpiece and I am hugely excited about working with the team to further enhance the levels of luxury and hospitality that we deliver to our valued guests."
It is not the first time that Banner has worked for Marriott. On graduating from Oxford Brookes University, where he studied hotel and restaurant management, he joined the company's management development programme in 1999. He later went on to work at Marriott's UK head office, where he was involved on the £600m acquisition and integration of Swallow Hotels, before moving to Cardiff to become director of operations of the company's hotel in the Welsh capital.
In 2006 Banner was appointed deputy general manager at the Cavendish London hotel, where he remained for two and a half year before achieving his first general manger position at the boutique hotel, the Hempel in Notting Hill.
Banner remained at the Hempel until the beginning of the year, when it closed as a hotel following its acquisition by a new owner.
In 2004 Banner won an Acorn Award and last year went to study on the General Managers Program at Cornell University in the United States after being awarded a St Julien Scholarship by the Master Innholders.