Hotels has announced that
Martin O’Grady, 43, has been named the company’ s new Chief Financial
Officer, effective February 2008.
“We are delighted to welcome Martin to the Orient-Express management
team,” said Paul White, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. “He 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.”
Mr. O’Grady will join Orient-Express from European real estate
investment management firm Orion Capital Managers, where he has been Chief
Financial Officer since January 2006. Mr. O’Grady has overseen all
financial and investor reporting, tax, treasury and legal administration of
Orion and Orion sponsored funds. Orion, a commercial real estate investment
manager on behalf of major investors from around the world, has offices in
London, Milan, Munich and Paris.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Orient-Express management team as CFO,
and look forward to working with Paul and his team to continue building on
the company’s valuable brands,” said Martin O’Grady. “While I have
thoroughly enjoyed my time at Orion Capital Managers, 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
Prior to joining Orion, Mr. O’Grady was CFO and an executive director
of Access, one of Europe’s leading self-storage businesses. He joined
Access from Security Capital European Realty, where he had worked as a Vice
President of Finance, after Security Capital invested in Access. Before
joining Security Capital, Mr. O’Grady served in senior financial positions
for seven years in Hong Kong and Indonesia with Jardine Matheson and
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. He began his career with
PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as an Audit Manager in the UK and US.
Mr. O’Grady has a BA in Hotel Management from Strathclyde University.
He has also completed executive education programs at IMD and Ashridge. He
is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.