Prior to this appointment, Keith served as the group’s advisor on human capital management, with a focus on strategic senior leadership development.

As managing director, he will be overseeing the group’s senior talent acquisition, training and development as well as working closely with the general managers in providing e-management service and driving the group’s global talent and capability strategies as Regent Hotels Group expands its portfolio under its Regent Hotels & Resorts, Silks Place and Just Sleep Hotels brands.

Keith’s experiences in the hospitality field include appointments in Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America and various cities in Asia. He was most recently managing director at HVS – a leading global hospitality services consulting firm, where he was overseeing the company’s numerous consulting projects and assignments throughout Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Keith held various senior positions in the hospitality industry with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Peninsula Hotel Group; his career started with Hilton Hotels & Resorts.

Commenting on the appointment, Steven Pan, chairman of Regent Hotels Group said, “We will rely on Mark’s knowledge in strategic human capital management in the hospitality industry, relationship maintenance, hotel openings and the cross-cultural implications for management and service.”

The way ahead

“I have always admired Regent’s modern interpretation of luxury hospitality; it is inspiring and a great honour to take on this role. It is an exciting time for the company with growth internationally and new hotels opening in Jakarta, China’s Harbin and Phu Quoc in Vietnam. I look forward to bringing my experience in human capital management and owner relationship maintenance to lay a solid foundation for Regent’s future development.”