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Gleneagles Hotel appoints new MD

Gleneagles Hotel appoints new MD

The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire is appointing a new Managing Director, as the resort celebrates its 90th year and reflects on the success of September’s Ryder Cup.

Patrick Elsmie will stand down as the resort’s Managing Director at the end of 2014 after 20 years with the company, although he will remain at Gleneagles on a part-time basis in a director-level role. He will be succeeded as Managing Director by Bernard Murphy, the current General Manager.

Patrick Elsmie commented: “Nothing could have been more rewarding than working with all the wonderful staff that we have at Gleneagles, and watching them achieve great things. During my time here we have hosted and been the venue for many high-profile events, from the NATO Defence Ministers conference in 1989, to the G8 summit in 2005. I know I am fortunate to have been part of this iconic hotel’s history and am pleased to hand over to Bernard Murphy. Bernard has been a great support to me over the years and I know he will take Gleneagles forward in the future and make his own mark.

Peter Lederer, Director of Diageo in Scotland and Gleneagles’ Chairman, commented: “Gleneagles simply wouldn’t be where it is today without Patrick’s commitment and professionalism. From when he first joined the hotel as Resident Manager in 1986, to the present day, he has brought style, innovation, passion and energy. The pinnacle of this has to be the planning and delivery of this year’s Ryder Cup, thought by many to be the best ever.  Patrick has been an outstanding colleague and friend, and I wish him all the best for the next phase of his life.”

Bernard Murphy has been at Gleneagles for seven years in the role of General Manager, having previously worked at RBS, Compass, Gleneagles, and Intercontinental Hotels.