Industry Update
Appointment 3 March 2017

John Philipson

Appointed Regional Managing Director
At Macdonald Hotels (UK) in Bathgate, United Kingdom

John PhilipsonIndependent hotel group Macdonald Hotels has appointed John Philipson as regional managing director for the M25 region, alongside two new general managers at its Windsor and Marlow properties. Philipson will oversee four of the group’s 48 hotels: the four red-AA-starred Compleat Angler in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, and Windsor hotel; and the four-AA-starred Frimley Hall hotel in Camberley, Surrey, and Berystede hotel in Ascot, Berkshire. During his 26-year career in the hospitality industry, Philipson has held senior positions at luxury hotels including the Lowry in Manchester and the Balmoral in Edinburgh. Most recently, he was regional vice-president at the Six Senses Resorts & Spas in Oman, responsible for properties in Jordan, the Maldives and Seychelles. He is also a member of the Master Innholders.

Southern New Hampshire University

John Philipson (Class of 1992) is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire - United States
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Macdonald Hotels (UK)

We're a group of 45 hotels across the UK, each with its own unique style. You see, from countryside to city, every Macdonald Hotel is full of individual charm and strong local character. What's more, from Scotland to the South of England, we're run by real hoteliers who have the genuine passion and the experience to make our service, dining and accommodation the very best it can be.
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