Langham Hospitality Group has welcomed back Australian national Brett Butcher as Chief Executive Officer seven years after he departed the organisation from the same role.

Butcher was originally appointed as Langham Hospitality’s CEO in 2009 and held the role for five years before being named to lead GE Hospitality Asset Management Limited in 2017. Butcher will retain this role while resuming his leadership of Langham, a position he assumes from Stefan Leser who took charge in 2018.

In his familiar role, Butcher will provide overall guidance for the group’s hotel portfolio, manage all owner relationships and solicit new management contracts in target destinations around the world. Prior to joining Langham in 2005, Butcher held more than 20 years’ experience in senior operational roles across the Asia-Pacific, North America and China.

The Langham Sydney

Speaking of his reappointment, Butcher said Langham has a solid reputation of managing quality hotels and delivering positive guest experiences.

“The group has developed respected hotel brands, each of which is ripe for expansion into new markets,” he said.

“This year, we opened hotels in Langham Place, Changsha, Cordis Hangzhou, and a fully refurbished The Langham, Boston. We will welcome our first guests in the next two months at The Langham, Jakarta and at the new 240-room Pinnacle Tower extension at Cordis, Auckland, as well as the stunning beach-facing The Langham, Gold Coast in Australia in early 2022.”

The Langham Gold Coast will feature 169 rooms across a 49-storey tower, opening in 2022.

Langham Hospitality Group Executive Chairman, Dr K.S. Lo said he was delighted to once again have Brett leading the company’s portfolio.

“Brett is an experienced hotelier with significant experience in luxury hospitality, and he is ideally suited to lead the company through our COVID-19 recovery phases and implement a solid succession plan for the group,” he said.