TORONTO, January 28, 2005 - Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has appointed
Mark S. Huntley Regional Vice President and General Manager of The
Savoy.Ê Huntley returns to the renowned London property, where his
hospitality career started in 1979, from his most recent position as
Regional Vice President, California and General Manager, The Fairmont
“Mr. Huntley’s knowledge of the Fairmont brand and experience at some of our most storied icons make him ideally suited for this post at The Savoy,” said John Johnston, Fairmont’s Executive Vice President Europe, Africa & Middle East.Ê “Mark will have a vital role in developing Fairmont’s brand presence across the region and continuing The Savoy’s sterling reputation.”
On January 19, 2005, Fairmont Hotels & Resort announced its management of The Savoy and adjacent Simpson’s-in-the-Strand restaurant following
the recent sale of The Savoy to Kingdom Hotels International and Bank of Scotland Corporate.ÊÊ The Savoy, A Fairmont Hotel, is the company’s second destination in Europe, closely following the December 2004 acquisition of the Monte Carlo Grand. Under Fairmont management, approximately US $48 million will be invested in updating a selection of The Savoy’s 263 guestrooms and refreshing its popular function space and public areas.
During his 25-year hotel career, Huntley has guided icon properties through extensive restoration projects, including The Fairmont San Francisco’s award-winning US $85 million refurbishment in 2001.Ê As Regional Vice President, California, he also oversaw key renovations at The Fairmont Miramar, Santa Monica, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and The Fairmont San Jose.
Ê“London and The Savoy truly are a homecoming,” noted Huntley, whose hospitality career began with food & beverage positions at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, the Connaught and the Berkeley.Ê “I am delighted to be a part of the next chapter of Savoy history in the making.”
Prior to joining The Fairmont San Francisco in 1995, Huntley served as the resident manager for The Peninsula, New York. He also held management positions at New York’s Plaza hotel, and oversaw Food & Beverage operations at The Fairmont New Orleans and The Fairmont Dallas.