Gleneagles announces new managing director after bumper year

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The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, has announced the appointment of a new managing director when current MD, Patrick Elsmie, steps down at the end of the year.

After the success of September’s Ryder Cup, the luxury hotel, which celebrates its 90th year in 2014, has announced that current general manager Bernard Murphy with become the resort’s new managing director, after Elsmie stands down from an impressive 20-year legacy with the company.

Elsmie will remain at Gleneagles on a part-time basis in a director level role.

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Murphy has been at the hotel for the past seven years as general manager, having previously worked at RBS, Compass, Gleneagles and InterContinental Hotels.

Patrick Elsmie commented: “Nothing could have been more rewarding than working with all the wonderful staff that we have at Gleneagles, and watching them achieve great things. During my time here we have hosted and been the venue for many high-profile events, from the NATO Defence Ministers conference in 1989, to the G8 summit in 2005. I know I am fortunate to have been part of this iconic hotel’s history and am pleased to hand over to Bernard Murphy.”

Peter Lederer, director of Diageo in Scotland and Gleneagles’ chairman, commented: “Gleneagles simply wouldn’t be where it is today without Patrick’s commitment and professionalism. From when he first joined the hotel as resident manager in 1986, to the present day, he has brought style, innovation, passion and energy. The pinnacle of this has to be the planning and delivery of this year’s Ryder Cup, thought by many to be the best ever. Patrick has been an outstanding colleague and friend, and I wish him all the best for the next phase of his life.”

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