Appointed General Manager
At the Brown's Hotel in London, United Kingdom
Considered the epitome of elegant English hospitality, the renowned Brown's Hotel was established in 1837 as the first hotel in London and became part of the Rocco Forte group in July 2003. Johnson, who was named 2012 Hotelier of the Year by Caterer and Hotelkeeper, will be responsible for the 115 elegantly appointed rooms, 33 sumptuous suites, 6 meeting and event spaces, the iconic English Tea Room, the stylish Donovan Bar, The Spa and Beck at Brown's by Heinz Beck - the hotel's new restaurant serving the best of seasonal Italian food.
After serving as the General Manager at Brown's for 11 years, Johnson left in 2016 to take up the role as Project Manager for Rocco Forte Hotels. In this role he oversaw the development of The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai that is due to open summer 2019. Additionally, he served as interim General Manager at The Assila Hotel located in Jeddah, Rocco Forte's first hotel in the Middle East.
Johnson started his career at The Savoy Hotel Group, first as a management trainee, and then as an Assistant Banqueting Manager at Claridge's before becoming a Personnel and Purchasing Manager at the Connaught. From 1986 to 1990, he held the position as Resident Manager at
Cliveden before becoming the youngest ever Hotel Manager at the age of 32 at The Savoy in London. In 1994, Johnson left to become Director and General Manager of Cliveden for six years when he then left the hospitality industry in 1999 to become Publishing Director at Condé Nast Johansens. Johnson decided to return to hospitality in 2005 when he became General Manager of Brown's Hotel - an opportunity he could not pass up.