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6. Mike De Frino, Kimpton Hotels & Resorts
Mike De Frino will be under the spotlight in 2015 as he oversees the assimilation of Kimpton in to the IHG behemoth. The December acquisition of Kimpton, while lauded in industry and financial quarters as a shrewd move, received a very mixed reaction among the pioneering boutique brand’s 1.6 million loyalty scheme members. Any hint of a dilution of Kimpton’s strong brand values could see much of this loyalty evaporate. On the plus side, IHG’s financial muscle offers Kimpton the chance to speed up the expansion of its 62-strong hotel portfolio, including the intriguing possibility of the Kimpton flag flying in Europe and Asia for the first time.
7. Satinder Garcha, Garcha Hotels
Early dotcom entrepreneur Satinder Garcha moved to Singapore in 1999 to play polo and operate in the high end of the property market. He is aiming to open five luxury boutique hotels by 2017. In Singapore, the Vagabond Art Hotel is due to open in Q1 this year while The Blakes House and The Murray Hotel will open by late 2015. The Garcha Hotel in Santiago, Chile, is designed by Anouska Hempel and will open by 2016. A 200-key Indian property is also in the pipeline. Garcha is ranked at number 46 on Singapore’s Richest list. His personally-funded company has spent a total of US $250 million on acquiring the five sites. “India is on the horizon for us. We are looking at a few deals here. Our first property will be in either Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai and we expect to spend $100 million to acquire, build and run it,” Garcha said.
8. Angela Hartnett, Home Grown Hotels
In mid-December, Hartnett, one of the UK’s top chefs, was made a board director of Lime Wood Hotel and Home Grown Hotels, the parent of the Pig group of hotels. Hartnett, who is also chef patron and owner of the Michelin-starred Murano in London’s Mayfair, runs the Hartnett Holder & Co at the group’s Lime Wood Hotel. Her appointment is evidence of the huge importance an excellent F&B offer at top boutique hotels. As a board member, Hartnett will help chairman Robin Hutson and his team with their ambitious expansion plans. “I’m never going to stop cooking but I’m really excited by the challenge of moving a business forward,” said Hartnett.
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9. Jason Kalisman, Morgans Hotel Group
A testing couple of years which has seen Morgans go through boardroom upheaval, a hostile takeover attempt and legal battles, has seen Jason Kalisman emerge as a strong figure at the helm. He is already a considerable way down his desired path – shared with much bigger hotel groups – to transform the company in to a pure management outfit rather than an owner/operator. To this end, 2015 is likely to see the sale of the Delano in Miami South Beach and the Hudson in New York’s Columbus Circle for a combined figure of around $700 million. The successful launch of the Mondrian at Sea Containers on London’s South Bank is likely to be followed by a Hudson in the UK capital, and several Middle East management agreements are in the pipeline.
10. Liz Lambert, Bunkhouse Group
Liz Lambert is quietly creating a collection of hip and stylish hotels in Texas with an identity and a way of doing things all of their own. A former Manhattan lawyer, Lambert’s properties have something of the Ace hipster vibe with more of a laid back, less urban feel. She currently runs the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Hotel San Jose and Hotel Havana in San Antonio, and the El Cosmico “nomadic hotel” in Marfa, all of which adhere to her ethos of “guests stepping aside from their everyday lives and feeling inspired”. Each property is heavily imprinted with Lambert’s own design ideas and each has a distinct identity. 2015 will see the launch of the latest project, the 100-room Terrace Hotel, a second Austin property, which will also include 15 condominiums, a restaurant and a cocktail lounge.
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