Top team to lead Macdonald forward

A new senior management structure has been announced by Macdonald Hotels & Resorts with the appointment of David Guile as chief executive and Gordon Fraser as deputy chief executive. Donald Macdonald remains as the Group's executive chairman.

Commenting on the new appointments, Macdonald said: "I am delighted to make these management changes, which mark another watershed in our company's history. David and Gordon have, over recent years, made a major contribution to the success of our company, steering us from public back to private and helping to consolidate our position as one of the leading private hotel brands in the UK, recognised this year with important awards for service and operational improvements.”

Guile previously held the position of deputy chief executive following promotion

in March 2006, and he was appointed to group's main board three months’ later. Fraser was promoted to group finance director in December 2005, and his

previous roles included company secretary and managing director of Macdonald

Resorts. Fraser is also a member of the group's board, and will continue to have overall responsibility for the finance function and the Resorts business.

The company has made great strides over the past 12 months with the development of an ambitious strategy that includes the development of two new-build hotels at a total cost of over £60m, and a commitment to invest in excess of £200m in its four and five star portfolio over the next five years, ensuring the company's place as a leading player in the UK's hospitality industry in terms of quality, training and customer service.

Guile added: "I am delighted to have been given this new role and look forward to developing the business which has had an enviable, progressive track record since its inception in 1990. Being offered the opportunity to develop a brand like ours is both an honour and a challenge but one I welcome. Gordon and I will be supported by a strong team with broad experience of the hotel sector.”

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