GLOBAL EXCLUSIVE BY JAMES WILKINSON
HM can exclusively reveal Langham Hospitality Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Brett Butcher, is stepping down from his position and leaving the Hong Kong-based business at the end of March 2014.
“After 12 years with Langham, it’s time to move on,” he told HM.
“We had a blank sheet of paper when we started with Langham and what we set out to do in creating Langham is complete with the last of our owned hotels coming under our own management in 2013.”
An Australian, Butcher said he is heading back to Melbourne, where he intends to spend time at his family wine business, SOUMAH, in the Yarra Valley, and plan the next stage of his hospitality career from closer to home.
“It will be good to be involved closely in the Australian Hotel scene where we are seeing a huge positive growth curve starting to happen,” he said.
“I haven’t lived in Australia a lot in the last 30 years and I’m looking forward to heading back.”
Prior to his position as CEO, Butcher was the company’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 2005-2009 and Managing Director of Langham Place Mongkok, Hong Kong, for almost three years before that. Prior to Langham Butcher spent 18 years with Sheraton and Starwood.
Langham Hospitality Group’s parent company Great Eagle Holdings has not announced a successor for Butcher.