Belmond today announced the appointment of Karl Bieberach as Senior Vice President of Global Development. Set to begin his new role on March 22, 2021, he will be responsible for the global expansion of Belmond's portfolio which spans hotels, trains, river barges and safaris. Prior to joining Belmond, he served as Chief Development Officer at Rosewood Hotel Group.
Mr. Bieberach brings 25 years of experience to Belmond following a successful career in a variety of senior roles at well-renowned hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and HVS International. Having worked extensively in almost all corners of the world, he has evaluated or transacted nearly 500 deals globally. Karl has an excellent track record and proven ability to grow well-respected hospitality brands. With his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, he will play an instrumental role in strategically growing the company's footprint through property acquisitions and new management agreements." Mr. Bieberach's background includes hotel and residential development, acquisitions, feasibility and investment analysis. He speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and is passionate about food, art and travel.
French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), announced in December 2018, the acquisition of London-based luxury hotel group Belmond. LVMH, the parent company of fashion houses including Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy as well as premium spirits, cosmetics and more, is looking to expand its empire in the hospitality business, which currently includes the Bulgari hotel brand, as well as Cheval Blanc.
Recent Appointments at LVMH Hotel Management
8 February 2021 — Belmond also appoints Thomas Moons as the General Manager of La Residencia. Having previously served as General Manager of Miraflores Park, A Belmond Hotel, Lima since 2018, Moons began his new role in Mallorca in January 2021.
8 February 2021 — Ulisses Marreiros began his role as General Manager of Copacabana Palace January 2021, following his time as General Manager of La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca since 2013. Marreiros brings over 20 years of international hospitality experience to his new role, having previously worked at a number of high-profile hotels and resorts in the Maldives and Portugal before taking up his role as General Manager at Reid's Palace in Madeira, a hotel that has been welcoming guests for more than 125 years, in 2010.
19 November 2020 — Belmond El Encanto, a picturesque hideaway located in the exclusive Santa Barbara Hills, is thrilled to welcome Janis Clapoff to the team as General Manager. Clapoff brings over 30 years of luxury hotel experience to the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler World's Best-listed hotel to oversee its 92 charming cottages and suites, California Coastal cuisine concepts, tranquil destination spa, a zero-edge pool and fitness facilities, and stellar property team.