Hotelier Klaus Kabelitz is to return to the UK to become general manager of the 54-bedroom Belmond Cadogan hotel, which is set to open in autumn 2016 following a total renovation.
He will join the property on 1 July from Le Richemond in Geneva, a Dorchester Collection hotel where he moved in 2012 from London after spending nine years as general manager of the Berkeley hotel. Prior to that, he was house manager at Claridge's. He has also worked for Four Seasons in London and Berlin.
It was announced last year that the hotel, bought by the Cadogan Estates in 2011, would close for a two-year renovation and reopen under the management of Belmond.
John Scott, president and chief executive of Belmond, said he believed that under Kabelitz management, the Belmond Cadogan will reopen as "one of Europe's most sought-after hotels".
Kabelitz added that he was "thrilled" to join Belmond and return to what he describes as "one of Europe's most exciting and vibrant cities".
"It is an honour to be entrusted with bringing to life the Cadogan hotel's storied history, entwined as it is with London's past, and blending that tradition with Belmond's modern standards of service."
The refurbishment of the Cadogan - located on Sloane Street - will involve the expansion of a number of bedrooms and suites, taking the property from 64 to 54 rooms.
Belmond, under Kabelitz's management, will also operate the Cadogan Estate-owned Durley House, an all-suite, property located adjacent to the Belmond Cadogan hotel. Durley is also currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen next year.