Damir Terzic has been appointed interim general manager at the 45-bedroom Wivenhoe House hotel in Colchester, Essex, the UK's first training hotel offering degree courses in hospitality.
He replaces Stephen Mannock, who has left the hotel following his appointment as general manager of the King's Head hotel in Cirencester.
Terzic was previously academic practitioner in hotel operations management at the Edge Hotel School, which operates in conjunction with Wivenhoe House.
His earlier roles includes working as general manager at the Master Builder's House hotel in Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, as well as various positions at the Ashdown Park hotel, Marriott Hanbury Manor and a number of hotels in Germany.
Meanwhile, Mannock will be responsible for the strategic and operational management of the King's Head hotel, which is due to open in March 2014.
His earlier career includes stints at as food and beverage manager at the five-star Chester Grosvenor hotel, heading the catering department at Darlington College and acting as programme director for the National Skills Academy for Hospitality.
The 45-bedroom, Grade II-listed King's Head, which closed for redevelopment in 2007, is currently undergoing an extensive restoration programme, which has included extensive archaeological excavation in the cellars. It will feature an all-day modern British restaurant and a subterranean spa.
The Vineyard Group, which owns the five-star Vineyard hotel, near Newbury, will manage the King's Head hotel on behalf of owners Wildmoor.
Andrew McKenzie, managing director of the Vineyard Group, said: "It's great to have Stephen on board; his experience in training young people in the hospitality industry is second to none and he has a proven track record of opening and running successful hotels."
Mannock added: "Having spent the past two years overseeing the final refurbishment and opening of Wivenhoe House, I am proud and excited to have been appointed as the general manager of the King's Head. The hotel is being refurbished to a very high standard and I look forward to opening the doors and welcoming the local community."