French luxury giant LVMH diversified into luxury hotels in 2006 by acquiring the Cheval Blanc brand – today there are 4 Cheval Blanc hotels in operation and an opening scheduled in Paris in the Samaritaine. The group then expanded by acquiring the Bulgari brand and there are presently six Bulgari Hotels in operation and finally LVMH acquired Belmond at the end of 2018, with 46 hotels, trains and boats for river cruises.
Olivier Lefebvre, CEO of LVMH Hotel Management (Cheval Blanc) will be joined by Eric Boonstoppel, in charge of the resorts business including new developments. Previously, he was in charge of operations at the Cheval Blanc Hotel in Courchevel.
Christian Boyens, formerly the General Manager of the Ritz Paris will develop the City Hotels division of LVMH Hotel Management / Cheval Blanc including Los Angeles, Paris and London. Boyens was in charge of the renovation of The Ritz Paris which was closed for almost 4 years.
Earlier this week, the General Manager of The Peninsula Paris, Ms Katja Henke also stepped down. No successor has yet been announced.
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