Boutique Hotel Summit has confirmed Commune Hotels & Resorts chief executive Niki Leondakis will offer the keynote address at the 2013 event.
The event is being held at the Montcalm Hotel, London.
As arguably the highest profile woman in the US boutique and lifestyle hotel sector, Leondakis is making her mark as one of the most intriguing players in the space, having spent nearly 20 years at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, most recently as president and chief operating officer, and now at the helm of Commune.
In her new role as chief executive of Commune Hotels & Resorts, she is charged with growing the company’s annual revenue to a target of $1 billion in the next five years.
The joint venture between Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hospitality has a portfolio of 45 hotels throughout the US, and in Canada and London.
Commune currently has new projects opening or under development in markets including Honolulu, New York, Chicago, Miami, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and Palo Alto, California.
Target markets for expansion include gateway cities in Europe, Asia and South America.
Event organiser Piers Brown said: “We look forward to welcoming Niki to London, and to hearing her unique insights on an industry in which she has become firmly established as a leader and influencer.
“Her keynote speech is sure to be a fascinating start to the conference.”