New TFE Hotels CEO Antony Ritch will take charge in February 2019.
New TFE Hotels CEO Antony Ritch will take charge in February 2019.

Expat Australian Antony Ritch has this morning been named as the new Chief Executive Officer at TFE Hotels, following a global search to replace former boss Rachel Argaman.

Ritch will take command of TFE from February 2019, relocating from his current senior role in Los Angeles as Executive Vice President of Shopping Centres and Venues with Westfield Corporation offshoot OneMarket – which became a standalone company following Westfield’s merger with Unibail Rodamco.

In a career spanning the US and UK, Ritch joins TFE with over 20 years experience with Westfield in roles leading shopping centre operations, property development, regional operations, business development, corporate management and digital disruption. During his time overseeing the group’s multi-billion dollar property development arm in the US Northeast, Ritch former partnerships with key investment groups to deliver major expansion projects including new retail complexes and other commercial developments.

TFE Hotels Chairman Allan Vidor expressed his delight at the new appointment, saying he was excited to see the impact Ritch would have in TFE Hotels’ ongoing growth.

“TFE Hotels is delighted to have Antony onboard in the new year. With his proven track record and extensive leadership and entrepreneurial skills, he will play an invaluable role in leading our team and supporting our growing global pipeline of new and existing hotels.”

Ritch added: “I have always admired the TFE Hotels business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team in Australia. As travel and hospitality continue to evolve globally, I am excited by the unique opportunities that TFE Hotels’ growing portfolio and guest experiences will bring to this dynamic industry.”

TFE Hotels’ new CEO holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA attained from the University of Cambridge.