Orient-Express Hotels has announced that John M. Scott III has been appointed president and chief executive officer and a director. Mr. Scott, 47, is an experienced operator of luxury hotels who most recently served as President and CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw a portfolio of 17 ultra-luxury hotels located in seven countries with combined revenues of more than $500 million.
“John Scott is a talented and highly regarded leader in the global hotel industry and we are excited to welcome him to Orient-Express,” said J. Robert Lovejoy, Chairman of the Board.
“During his time at Rosewood, John was responsible for doubling the number of hotels under management, significantly increasing EBITDA and securing an active development pipeline of new hotel projects.
“With a deep understanding of the ultra-luxury lodging sector and proven industry experience in strategy, operations, finance, and brand building, John has the right skills and qualifications to drive growth and deliver on the tremendous potential of Orient-Express’ portfolio of iconic and irreplaceable properties,” Lovejoy added.
“Orient-Express is a legendary brand synonymous with excellence, sophistication and personality,” said Mr. Scott. “With a unique collection of one-of-a-kind assets and a business model and culture that ensures the highest quality service and guest experience, Orient-Express is among the world’s premier luxury hotel and travel companies. I am excited to join Orient-Express and look forward to working together with the Board and management team to expand the business, grow profitability and significantly increase shareholder value, while providing our guests with experiences and memories that last a lifetime.”
Added Mr. Lovejoy, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Philip Mengel for serving as interim CEO for the past six months. We look forward to his continued contributions as a Director on our Board. Having a seasoned leader at the helm provided us with the flexibility to conduct the thorough search that led us to John Scott.”