by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | September 21, 2015
Bermuda-based Belmond (formerly known as Orient-Express Hotels) has named Roeland Vos, a member of the chain's board of directors, as its new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Vos succeeds John Scott, who resigned as CEO by mutual agreement with the board and has also stepped down from the board. Vos, a 30-year hospitality-industry veteran and former president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's Europe, Africa and Middle East Division, will remain on Belmond's board of directors. During his 12-year tenure with Starwood, Vos increased the number of Starwood hotels in the regions from 127 to 243.

"As we focus on accelerating the pace of growth and realizing the tremendous potential of this company, we are excited about the appointment of Roeland Vos. Roeland is the perfect CEO to grow the top line and capitalize on the many opportunities that exist in a dynamic and rapidly changing industry. He is a strong strategic thinker, experienced hotelier and proven leader with a track record of delivering results," said Roland Hernandez, chairman of Belmond's board of directors in a statement announcing the appointment. Belmond has a portfolio of 46 luxury hotels, trains and river cruises in 22 countries.

"The board has been disappointed with the pace of our growth, and that is why we are taking decisive action," said Hernandez in today's investors call. He added that the board decided a change in leadership was necessary because the board had lost confidence in Scott, adding that they were now "taking aggressive actions needed to realize our potential."