Raffles Hotels & Resorts has appointed Peter
French as President, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, with effect from 1
Mr French succeeds Mr John Johnston, who has
held this role since 2009. Mr Johnston who has been with parent
company Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) since 1998
will be retiring at the end of the year.
Peter French was most recently Regional Vice
President - Europe, Middle East & Africa for Raffles Hotels &
Resort and General Manager of Raffles Dubai, the groupís first
hotel in the Middle East.
He takes on this role as
Raffles prepares to open four new hotels and resorts over the
course of the next two years, in Makati City in the Philippines,
Hainan in China, Istanbul in Turkey and Jakarta in Indonesia.
Mr Michael Glennie, Chief Operating Officer, FRHI,
said, ďPeter is a seasoned professional with proven expertise
in managing luxury brands and I am confident that his wealth of
experience will ensure the continued success of Raffles as it enters a new phase of expansion.Ē
Over the course
of his career, Mr French, has been involved with luxury hotel
operations around the globe. He was General Manager and Vice
President of Operations & Development for Mandarin Oriental Hotels
Group from 1975-1986. He returned to Hong Kong as General Manager
to lead the complete renovation and repositioning of its flagship
hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, from 2004-2009.
An accomplished hotelier, Mr French has also worked as
General Manager in prestigious hotels including The Sukothai in Bangkok, The Carlyle in New York and Grosvenor House Hotel in
As President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts,
Mr French will be located at the groupís brand office in
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