Best Western Hotel Group GB announces new CEO

Tim Rumney will take the place of Rob Peterson as CEO later in June

Best Western Hotel (BWH) Hotel Group announced on Wednesday that CEO Rob Peterson, who joined the company in 2018, will leave his position.

Tim Rumney will take his place later in June, having been chairman of BWH Hotel Group for the past five years.

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Rumney will take up a position of Interim CEO for at least six months, as BWH will seek to gain stability and continuity in the absence of their current CEO.

Peterson appeared alongside Rumney and other BW hoteliers in the national TV series “A Great British Hotel Chain” on Channel 4, aired in 2020, which saw them generate record-breaking enquiry levels of hotels wanting to join the brand.

Rumney has over 30 years of hospitality experience in hotel groups and the independent sector, owning and operating multiple Best Western hotels, as well as being an independent Hospitality Consultant, advising many other hotel operators during his career.

Rumney has also worked closely with Peterson to restructure the business prior to the pandemic and implement a more proactive hotel development strategy and advanced technology solutions over the last three years.

Commenting on Peterson’s departure and his new role within BWH Hotel Group, Tim Rumney said: 

“It has been a pleasure working alongside Rob since 2018, where his commercial acumen and hospitality expertise has truly benefitted our brand portfolio. At a time where hospitality businesses are still suffering, I am proud to be stepping in as Interim CEO for the brand, to continue the great work Rob and his team have been doing throughout the pandemic, to best support our hotels,” Rumens said.

“We have exciting opportunities ahead of us to refocus the organisation for our members as we emerge from the pandemic and move into the recovery mode as a more effective commercial business whilst retaining our ‘by hotelier for hotelier’ ethos.” 

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