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EXCLUSIVE: Former IHG head honcho appointed SACO CEO as Locke brand embarks on rapid growth

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The former chief operating officer for IHG in Europe has joined Saco Apartments, to drive the company’s next phase of growth which includes the successful design-led brand, Locke.

Stephen McCall replaces Saco’s CEO Stephen Hanton, who left the business at the end of November following five years having been ‘instrumental’ in the success of the company.

Saco Apartments encompasses three Locke aparthotels in the UK. Leman Locke in London opened in 2016, followed by Eden Locke in Edinburgh in 2017 and most recently, Manchester’s Whitworth Locke, which launched last month.

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During his tenure Hanton was crucial in seeing the Saco business through two acquisitions, the most recent being with Brookfield Capital Asset Management.

He said it had been a ‘privilege’ to have been part of Saco and was ‘pleased’ to be leaving a solid platform with strong brands, significant partner support and an ambitious pipeline for future development.

Hanton says: “I was fortunate to join a business that had been established with such strong values and commercial principles and together with the SACO team, help steer the business on the next part of its journey. During this time we have launched aparthotels, new brands, and new properties in new countries, won awards, enjoyed enviable financial results, gained new clients and provided industry leading guest service.”

Incoming CEO McCall will now be responsible for integrating and leading the whole group through its next phase of growth.

He has over 23 years’ experience in the industry, acorss finance, governance and operations and was CEO for IHG in Europe for the past three years, having spent 10 years prior to this also with IHG.

During his time there he was accountable for the performance of over 750 managed and franchised hotels from midscale through to boutique and luxury segments.

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