Fri, 1 April 2016

Virgin Hotels Appoints Alex Andjel as Vice President of Development

Virgin Hotels has appointed Alex Andjel as Vice President of Development.

Alex, who is located in London, most recently served as Vice President of Development for YOTEL, focusing on Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Prior to that, he was Director of Montpelier Hotels, an hospitality investment and corporate finance advisory firm. He has also worked as Director of Development for Bridgehouse Capital, a private equity company with total assets in excess of $1 billion.

More recently, Alex spent five years with Orient-Express Hotels where he managed more than $500 million of acquisition, financing and dispositions of non-core assets. He successfully executed third party hotel management agreements for OEH in London and North American (Cadogan Hotel, Durley House and The Inn at Perry Cabin).

"Virgin is such a global brand, synonymous with being the consumer champion through its uncompromising focus on service quality, innovation, fun and value for money. I'm extremely proud to lead our European expansion as we look to grow the portfolio in the key gateway cities that you might expect and some you wouldn't," Alex said.

Alex will work closely with capital partners and strategic investors to acquire new and existing properties in cities across Europe.

Hoping to acquire two or three properties per year, the brand is targeting cities such as Dublin, Edinburgh, Istanbul, London, Manchester, Paris and Rome.

Allie Hope, Head of Development and Acquisitions, said, "Alex will be a key resource as we expand Virgin Hotels into Europe. His vast experience and knowledge of the markets in Europe and the Middle East will prove to be incredibly valuable. We're excited to have him on board." 

Virgin Hotels Chicago is now open while a Virgin Hotel will open in Nashville in 2017. Hotels in New York, Palm Springs and Dallas are expected to open in 2018. In the U.S., Virgin Hotels continues to explore hotel and office conversions as well as new-builds in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Austin, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington DC.

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