Robert Cook has been elected president of HOSPA, the newly created hospitality professionals association for finance, revenue management and IT.
The Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chief executive has taken over from David Cook, who was president under the organisation's previous incarnation as BAHA (British Association of Hospitality Accountants).
At HOSPA's official launch at the Radisson Edwardian Mayfair, Cook said he was delighted to be part of the organisation's evolution.
"I am immensely proud and honoured to have been chosen to lead this prestigious and influential association at such a momentous time in its history, and look forward to nurturing its aims and objectives," he said. "The future success of British hospitality lies in the growth of real talent - people are the very lifeblood of our hotels; and HOSPA's highly regarded Education and Training Programmes, together with its events and workshops, play a vitally important role in helping hospitality finance, revenue management and IT professionals become even more effective in achieving success for their businesses."
BAHA chief executive Carl Weldon said: "We are delighted that Robert Cook, who officially took office on 19 September, has been elected President of HOSPA. There can be few more successful, forward-thinking and dedicated professionals in the UK hospitality industry than Robert; and HOSPA's rapidly growing membership will be able to benefit from his invaluable leadership and experience at this exciting time of change for the association.
Weldon added that HOSPA would be sad to say goodbye to David Cook, who has been a member since 1971. He has relinquished his post with BAHA to concentrate on his charity work.
By James Stagg
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