Brett Butcher has returned as Chief Executive Officer at Langham Hospitality Group (LHG), succeeding Stefan Leser who stepped down from the position last month due to personal reasons.
Butcher is no stranger to the role. He previously served as Langham Hospitality Group’s CEO for five years from 2009. He left the group in 2014 and returned as Chief Executive Officer of GE Hospitality Asset Management Limited in 2017, a position that he will continue to hold.
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“We are delighted to have Brett lead the Langham Hospitality Group portfolio again,” said Dr K.S. Lo, Executive Chairman of Langham Hospitality Group. “Brett is an experienced hotelier with significant experience in luxury hospitality, and he is ideally suited to lead the company through our COVID-19 recovery phases and implement a solid succession plan for the group.”
Butcher will provide guidance in the operations of the group’s hotels, spearhead all hotel owner relations, and solicit new management contracts in key destinations around the world. An Australian national who holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Queensland, Butcher has grown with LHG as SVP of Sales, Marketing and Brand, as well as Managing Director of Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong (later rebranded Cordis, Hong Kong.) Prior to LHG, Butcher served in various operational and executive roles for nearly 20 years across the Pacific, North America, and China.
“Langham has a solid reputation of managing quality hotels and delivering positive guest experiences,” Butcher said.
“The group has developed respected hotel brands, each of which is ripe for expansion into new markets. This year, we opened hotels in Langham Place, Changsha, Cordis Hangzhou, and a fully refurbished The Langham, Boston. We will welcome our first guests in the next two months at The Langham, Jakarta and at the new 240-room Pinnacle Tower extension at Cordis, Auckland, as well as the stunning beach-facing The Langham, Gold Coast in Australia in early 2022.”
Butcher added, “This robust global deployment of our brands in major capitals and cities augurs well for our ambitious expansion plans. I look forward to leading the Langham team and working with like-minded investors while delivering exceptional guest satisfaction and financial operating results.”