Today, Langham Hospitality Group announces the appointment of Bob van den Oord as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to support the company’s hotel operations and core business functions that are spread over four continents. Van den Oord steps into a newly created position at the group reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Leser.
A highly respected hotelier in the industry, van den Oord brings over two decades of experience to his new role based at the corporate office in Hong Kong. He was most recently Managing Director at The Langham, London as well as Regional Vice President, Operations (Europe, Middle East and the United States.)
In his new capacity as COO, van den Oord will oversee the regional vice presidents, hotel managing directors and general managers to elevate the operational success of the group’s property portfolio in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. At the corporate level, van den Oord will steer the food and beverage, spa, rooms and quality divisions to ensure that the hotels around the world meet and exceed operational, strategic, branding, fiscal plans and guest service, while maintaining the highest standards of regulatory compliance.
“Bob has been instrumental in guiding our flagship hotel in London to new heights in a highly competitive market and we have the utmost confidence in his expertise and abilities to lead our global operations team,” said Stefan Leser. “His outstanding reputation, luxury expertise and enthusiasm for our brands will position them for success well into the future.”
Throughout his exemplary career, van den Oord has been involved in all aspects of managing successful hotels in major cities around the world. At The Langham, London, he effectively grew the hotel’s revenues significantly on an annual basis, brought to reality the modern “pub luxe” concept – The Wigmore, and the launched the only cooking school within a five star central London hotel, Sauce by The Langham, while overseeing the completion of the successful renovations of the hotel rooms, suites and The Langham Club Lounge.
The promotion to COO also represents a homecoming of sorts for van den Oord. Prior to his tenure in London, he was Managing Director at The Langham, Hong Kong, which during his leadership, was named a five-star hotel by Forbes Travel Guide and the signature Chinese restaurant T’ang Court attained the coveted three Michelin stars. Always a multi-tasker and never one to shy away from a challenge, van den Oord also concurrently took on the corporate role as Vice President, brands at Langham Hospitality Group and played an integral part in shaping brand guidelines for both The Langham Hotels and Resorts, and Cordis Hotels and Resorts. He first joined the group in 1999 as resident manager of Le Meridien Boston (now The Langham, Boston.)
“I am honoured to lead as COO for Langham Hospitality Group as it has been an important part of my life for more than 20 years,” said van den Oord. “As we look toward long-term recovery, future growth and opportunity for our group and industry during these challenging times, I feel incredibly fortunate to work with outstanding colleagues who are dedicated and passionate in their service delivery and care for our guests and each other.”
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