London hotel group promotes senior executive to CEO

Clermont Hotel Group, the largest hotel owner-operator in London, has appointed Gavin Taylor as CEO.

He first joined the business as chief financial officer in 2019, leading the group’s finance, procurement and IT functions through a period of significant change encompassing the covid-19 impact and the UK’s cost of living crisis.

Senior level experience

Taylor has held senior finance positions at Jupiter Hotels, as well as at the property developer of Bulgari Hotel & Residences London and Queen’s Park Rangers Football Club.

He began his career at accounting firm Arthur Andersen in 1996, before serving stints at Noble fund managers and Ernst & Young.

Refurbishment plan

As Clermont’s CEO, Taylor aims to strengthen the group and take it to its next stage, with a re-energised strategy marking the business’ ambition for future growth.

The group has a plan for more investment across the portfolio in the coming months, following an initial £18 million refurbishment of The Clermont properties in London’s Charing Cross and Victoria.

Next step

Taylor commented: “The past four years have been incredibly rewarding as we’ve seen the group go from strength to strength. It’s a great honour to have the opportunity to take the reins as CEO and lead our team on this exciting next step in the Clermont Hotel Group journey. I very much look forward to continuing to ensure we deliver extraordinary experiences and services for our guests across our portfolio of 17 hotels in London.”

Clermont’s hotel network comprises 5,000+ bedrooms and 120+ meeting and event spaces across brands including The Clermont, Guoman Hotels, Hard Rock Hotel London and Thistle.