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Hotel de Vin boss Robert Cook to step down

Published:  13 October, 2011

Hotel du Vin and Malmaison chief executive Robert Cook is leaving the group.

Hotel du Vin and Malmaison chief executive Robert Cook is leaving the group.

MWB Group Holdings, which ownes the group, said that Cook was leaving to pursue new opportunities.

Cook has headed the boutique hotel company Malmaison and Hotel du Vin since 2004. The group now operates 26 boutique hotels and two stand-alone restaurants, including the Bistro du Vin and Pub du Vin concepts as well as the newly-opened Smoak Bar & Grill.

Richard Balfour-Lynn, chief executive of MWB, said: "Over an eight year period Robert, working closely with MWB's executive management team, has helped drive the growth of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands throughout the UK and together we have developed the business into one of the country's foremost boutique hotel groups.

"However, we understand Robert's desire to seek new challenges and equally it is the right time for a successor with a new perspective to ensure the brands maintain their cutting edge approach to hospitality and to lead Malmaison's entry into the international market."

Cook said he was "leaving a business that is in great financial shape, has a fantastic team of people and two brilliant brands".  But he added that the "time is now right to move on to something new while bringing in a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas will help to develop the business further as well as refresh the brands".