Industry legend Willy Bauer resigns from AB Hotels


AB Hotels has expressed its “great regret” at the departure of Willy Bauer OBE, who has resigned his position as chairman.

Veteran hotelier Abraham Bejerano, who runs the hotel group, which counts The Arch London, Sopwell House and Five Lakes, Colchester within its estate, said Bauer had been an “inspirational and extremely valuable asset” to AB Hotels since joining the company 16 years ago.

“It is impossible to thank Willy Bauer enough for his loyalty, dedication and commitment to the AB Hotel family but I know that our friendship and mutual respect will always remain,” said Bejerano.

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AB confirmed it has no plans to appoint a replacement chairman.

Bauer is leaving the company after deciding the time has come for him to reduce some of his business commitments. He will now seek to keep up with other ongoing obligations, including charity work with The Gold Service Scholarship, which continues to nurture young talent in the hospitality industry.

Bauer has served the hospitality industry for more than 50 years and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2011 New Year’s Honour’s list.