Langham Hospitality Group creates first COO role to drive business growth worldwide


The managing director at The Langham London has been promoted to the role of chief operating officer at Langham Hospitality Group in a newly-created position.

Bob van den Oord steps into the new role at the group, reportedly directly to chief executive officer Stefan Leser and will be based at the company’s corporate office in Hong Kong.

The position of COO has been created to support the hotels’ operations and core business functions that are spread across Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East.  

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Ven den Oord brings over two decades of experience to the new role, having first started with Langham in 1999 at The Langham Boston. He has also excelled during his stints at The Langham, Hong Kong from 2013 to 2015 and Cordis Hotels and Resorts.

He has been managing director at the group’s flagship London property since 2015 and during his time he grew the hotel’s revenues significantly, launched the pub luxe concept, The Wigmore and cooking school, Sauce by The Langham.

In 2019 he was promoted to the role of regional vice president operations across the Langham Hospitality portfolio.

Now as COO, van den Oord will oversee the regional vice presidents, hotel managing directors and general managers in the collection.     

“I am honoured to lead as COO for Langham Hospitality Group as it has been an important part of my life for more than 20 years,” said van den Oord. “As we look toward long-term recovery, future growth and opportunity for our group and industry during these challenging times, I feel incredibly fortunate to work with outstanding colleagues who are dedicated and passionate in their service delivery and care for our guests and each other.”

As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under The Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands, with more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East.

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