Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc: New Board Appointments

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc is delighted to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the board.

Lord Thurso MP, aged 49, has been appointed as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Non-Executive Director. He has been a successful hospitality industry chief executive, and is an experienced plc non-executive. He was the founder General Manager of Cliveden in 1985, and has since been Chief Executive of Granfel Holdings plc (1992-1995) and Chief Executive of Fitness & Leisure Holdings Limited (1995-2001). He was non-executive director of Savoy Hotel plc (1993 - 1998), Royal Olympic Cruiselines (1996 - 1998) and Chairman of Walker Greenbank plc, a textiles company (1999-2002). He is also President of The Tourism Society.

Charles Kirkwood, an American, aged 66, is a Member of the Bar of New York and the US Supreme Court. He is the President and Director of Shawnee Holding Inc, a private hotel owning company, a Director of Pennsylvania General Energy and an Industrial Partner to Ripplewood (Japan). Between 1998 and 2000, he was Managing Director - Asia of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts.

Commenting on the appointments, Kwek Leng Beng, Chairman said:

‘I am delighted to welcome both Lord Thurso and Charles Kirkwood to the Board of Millennium & Copthorne. They both have extensive knowledge and experience in the hospitality industry, and will make a very positive contribution to the business going forward.’