Orient-Express Hotels appoints chief financial officer

13 November 2007 by
Orient-Express Hotels appoints chief financial officer

Orient-Express Hotels has appointed Martin O'Grady as its new chief financial officer.

Grady, who joins the company from European real estate investment group Orion Capital Managers, will take up his new position in February.

Grady said he planned to continue Orient-Express's growth in his new role and said he hopes to build on the company's "valuable brands".

Previous to Orion, O'Grady was chief financial officer at self-storage business Access as well as vice-president of finance at Security Capital European Realty.

He also held senior positions at Jardine Matheson and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Asia.

Orient-Express president and chief executive Paul White said: "O'Grady brings a unique blend of experience in the financial sector and in luxury lodging, which will be invaluable as we continue to execute our growth strategy."

O'Grady added: "This role at Orient-Express is an opportunity to fulfil my aspiration to work again with a leading hotel group with solid foundations and excellent opportunities for growth."

Orient-Express recently unveiled plans to turn the Donnell branch public library in New York City into a 150-bedroom luxury hotel with spa. The property will be marketed under the company's new 21 hotel brand name.

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