New managing director joins Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel in London

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Marco Novella has been appointed managing director of Brown’s Hotel in London, taking over from Stuart Johnson who has joined Rocco Forte Hotels’ first property in the Far East.

Novella joins the 115-bedroom hotel from his role of chief operating officer for Grace Hotels, where he managed a portfolio of seven hotels across the world and planned the opening of seven additional properties for the group.

He will now be responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of Brown’s Hotel, overseeing the 115 bedrooms, HIX Mayfair, the English Tea Room, the Donovan Bar and the hotel’s spa and meetings and events offering.

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He will also oversee two other hotels within the Rocco Forte group, The Balmoral, Edinburgh and Hotel Amigo in Brussels.

Johnson, Novella’s predecessor, will take up the position of general manager of the Rocco Forte Hotel in Shanghai, which is due to open in 2018.

On his appointment at Brown’s Hotel, Novella said: “I am delighted to take up this position within Rocco Forte Hotels at the flagship Brown’s Hotel in the heart of Mayfair, the ultimate location for an increasingly discerning generation of luxury travellers. We have great plans for the future of Brown’s Hotel with my own primary focus being on elevating the experience of our guests through outstanding service, increased suite offering and exceptional food and beverage.”

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