RBH promotes Hart to replace Pereira as CEO

RBH, the independent hotel management and services company, has promoted chief financial officer David Hart to chief executive from 1 February. Mr Hart (pictured) will succeed founder and current CEO Helder Pereira who will remain a director.

After spending the early part of his career at PwC qualifying as a chartered accountant, Mr Hart joined RBH in 2005 and has remained a key part of the business.

He oversaw the entire finance operation, amongst other responsibilities, and ensured ongoing support from shareholders.

His appointment comes just months after RBH announced another senior internal appointment which saw Susan Bland step into the role of managing director.

Mr Hart said: “Having spent most of my career within the business, I feel like I have grown alongside it, learning about the industry from some of the most experienced hoteliers in the business.

“In particular, I’ve been fortunate enough to work exceptionally closely with Helder on our business strategy over the years and know that he has laid the foundations to enable myself and the wider executive team to continue on a successful path.”

Mr Pereira said: “My time as CEO of RBH has been an outstanding chapter in a wonderful and long career in the hospitality industry.

“Whilst I am somewhat sad to step down, as I have worked with a magnificent team and have a close relationship with many of our owners, it is the right time to move on for personal reasons.”

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