Belmond SVP Global Development, Karl Bieberach.

Luxury hotel group Belmond – part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group – has welcomed Karl Bieberach to its stable as its new Senior Vice President of Global Development.

Beginning in his new role later this month, Bieberach brings nearly 30 years in hotels to his new role, where he will oversee the expansion of the Belmond portfolio, which includes hotels, trains, river barges and luxury safaris.

Bieberach joins Belmond from his former role at Rosewood Hotel Group. Prior to this, he has also held senior positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Marriott International and HVS International and has been involved at some level in more than 500 hotel signings globally.

The Belmond Jimbaran Puri in Bali recently joined the company’s luxury collection.

“It is a great pleasure to join Belmond, a pioneer in the world of luxury travel,” Bieberach said.

“As a brand that sees its role as a custodian of timeless heritage, I will continue to be guided by this philosophy, selectively expanding the footprint where not only can we offer authentic experiences but also play a role in celebrating the legendary art of travel.”

Belmond Chief Executive, Roeland Vos, praised Bieberach’s track record and ability to grow well-respected hospitality brands.

“With his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, he will play an instrumental role in strategically growing the company’s footprint through property acquisitions and new management agreements,” Vos said.