Ledunfly Hospitality, part of the family office of Swiss businesswoman and philanthropist Dona Bertarelli,Êhas announced the appointment of internationally-renowned hotelier Grace Leo as Chief Executive Officer. Credited as a pioneer in the design-led boutique hotel sector, Ms Leo brings her vast experience to the role, where she will lead the strategic development of the brand’s portfolio in Europe and North America.
ÒI am delighted that Grace Leo will be leading Ledunfly Hospitality,Ó said Dona Bertarelli. ÒShe is a proven hotelier with exceptional development experience. We share the same vision for the future of the luxury hospitality market and the role we can play in it. I look forward to Grace growing the division in the years to come.Ó
A graduate of Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration,ÊMs LeoÊhas successfully launched, developed and repositioned some of the world’s most acclaimed luxury hotels spanning Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Asia.Ê Notable projects include the Hotels Montalembert and Lancaster in Paris, The Royal Riviera in Cap Ferrat, Le Guanahani and Le Toiny in St. Barths and The Cotton House in Mustique. Most recently,ÊMs LeoÊoversaw the development of hospitality elements of Ten Trinity Square in London, a $430 million hotel and residential project which opened in January 2017.
In addition, Ms Leo has been a member of the Executive Committee of Leading Hotels of the World for nine years and has won numerous international awards.
ÒI am proud to be heading Ledunfly Hospitality for Dona Bertarelli, and I was immediately attracted to her vision, passion and commitment for the business,ÓÊsaid MsÊLeo.ÊÒI look forward to working with her to develop the portfolio in Europe and North America.Ó
Ledunfly Hospitality’s portfolio includes Park Gstaad, a five-star luxury hotel, and the Geneva Country Club, both in Switzerland, as well as the Five Seas Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in Cannes, France. A luxury resort is currently under development in the Exumas area of the Bahamas, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.