Cushman & Wakefield Hotels has announced the appointment of leading specialist hotel teams from KPMG in London and from CB Richard Ellis in Prague. These appointments are in line with the firm's aim to build on its existing hotels team and significantly expand its presence and market share across EMEA.
Nick Pattie currently leads London-based KPMG hospitality and leisure advisory services and will be joining as Managing Director. Nick brings with him Philip Camble who will join as a Director and Paul Thomas who joins as an Associate Director. The team brings a depth of consultancy experience in supporting more than £4 billion of hotel transactions as well as resort business development throughout Europe and the Middle East. The team was instrumental in the recent acquisition of a portfolio of seven InterContinental Hotels for $440 million.
In Prague, C&W Hotels has recruited CB Richard Ellis's Central & Eastern European Hotels Team. Stewart Coggans will join as a Director Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) along with Frederic Le Fichoux who will join as a Senior Analyst CEE. The team will be based in Cushman & Wakefield's Prague office.
The CBRE team specialises in transactions and advised on high profile successful schemes such as the acquisition of the Hilton Prague and IBIS Carlton for €145 million. These five appointments bring the total number of staff in C&W Hotels EMEA to 20 and complement the recent recruitment of Joel Goldman, Director and John McGuinness, Director Spa & Leisure, who both joined in January. Both are based at Cushman & Wakefield Hotels' London headquarters.
New service line - Spa and Leisure services
John McGuinness' addition brings to the team a new area of expertise Spa and Leisure services. As an ex-Director of Champneys Group, he has undertaken many Spa and Leisure assignments for successful projects throughout Europe. John brings a wealth of knowledge of creating and operating quality leisure businesses. Joel Goldman joins having worked for Christies, Chesterton International and Key2 Hotels. His experience has been primarily focused on UK transactions and asset management, such as the purchase of the Marriott West India Quay in 2006.
Andrew Williams, Chairman of Cushman & Wakefield Hotels, said: "We are extremely pleased to have secured all of these appointments as part of our drive to be the hotel and leisure adviser of choice across the world. We are actively expanding throughout EMEA and look forward to announcing more appointments in the near future."
Adrian Hill, European board member, Cushman & Wakefield EMEA, commented: "Our joint venture with Andrew Williams and RH International has exceeded our expectations since it was formed in early 2006. We are committed to backing the brand and investing in the necessary people and resources to ensure that we become the best in the sector."
The hotels sector is a strategically important area for the firm and it is committed to developing the business to become the leading player within the next five years. These appointments position Cushman & Wakefield Hotels at the forefront of hotel consultancy and agency throughout EMEA.
Source: Cushman & Wakefield