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 Rocco Forte Hotels Appoints Stuart Johnson
General Manager of Brown’s Hotel in London
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LONDON, Nov. 4, 2004 – Richard Power, managing director for Rocco Forte Hotels, has announced the appointment of Stuart Johnson as general manager of Brown’s Hotel in London.  He will assume his new role in January 2005. 

Johnson has a long and distinguished career as a hotelier, although most recently he has served as publishing director at Condé Nast Johansens, with responsibility for Great Britain and Ireland guides.  During his tenure as director and general manager of Cliveden from 1994 through 1999, Britain’s original stately home hotel in Taplow, Berkshire, the hotel won several important awards including Hotel & Caterer Hotel of the Year and Egon Ronay Hotel of the Year.  Cliveden was also honored as the third highest rated hotel in the world in the Condé Nast Gold List 1996 under Johnson’s reign.  This was Johnson’s second stint at the hotel, having previously held the position of resident manager between 1986 and 1990. 

Between those two posts, at the tender age of 32, Johnson became the youngest ever hotel manager at The Savoy in London, a position he held for four years.  He originally made his mark with The Savoy Hotel Group as personnel and purchasing manager at The Connaught and as assistant banqueting manager of Claridge’s, having started his career as a management trainee with the group. 

Asked why he had decided to return to hospitality after a spell in the publishing industry, Johnson replied, “I could not pass up this opportunity to join Brown’s. It is the most celebrated hotel in London and I am delighted to be seeing it through a very exciting period in its history.”

“Stuart is an exceptionally talented hotelier with a thorough understanding of and appreciation for the luxury market, especially as it relates to the discerning needs of our American clientele,” said Power.  “We feel honored to have him on board at Brown’s Hotel.”

The fact that Johnson has reentered the business to head Brown’s Hotel provides an indication of the special place the hotel holds in the hearts of not just its loyal customer base, but also the hotel industry in general.  Considered the epitome of elegant English hospitality, the hotel was established in 1837 and became part of the Rocco Forte collection in July 2003. 

The property is currently closed as it is undergoing an extensive renovation.  It will reopen in Spring 2005 boasting a new design that pays homage to the property’s historic significance and traditions, while offering a more contemporary feel.  However, the comfort, privacy and understated service for which the hotel has become known will remain in place.

Sir Rocco Forte's luxury hotel collection, Rocco Forte Hotels, was established in 1996 to manage an international array of luxury properties. The company’s five-star hotels have individual styles, ranging from traditional to contemporary, and each hotel reflects its location and nationality. The collection is linked under the brand of Rocco Forte Hotels, which represents attention to detail, quality and dedication to the highest levels of service.  Rocco Forte Hotels' current portfolio consists of The Balmoral, Edinburgh; The St. David's Hotel & Spa, Cardiff Bay; Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg, Russia; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, England; Brown’s Hotel, London (closed for refurbishment, re-opening 2005); Château de Bagnols, France and Le Richemond, Geneva.  Future openings include Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt (2006); Hotel de Rome, Berlin (2006); Munich (2007); and Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily (2007).  

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Contact:
Rocco Forte Hotels
www.roccofortehotels.com
Also See: Rocco Forte Hotels Building $87.1 million 160 room Hotel in Munich / September 2004
Rocco Forte Commences US$28.48 million Renovation of Brown's Hotel, London / June 2004


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