Industry Update
Appointment 2 March 2021

James Bermingham

Named Chief Executive Officer
At Virgin Hotels in New York - NY, USA

James Bermingham

Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, announces James Bermingham's appointment as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Bermingham joins the Virgin Hotels executive team following nearly two decades with Montage International. He will be responsible for delivering the company's exciting global growth pipeline, multi-award-winning customer experience, and unique culture.

Bringing more than 35 years of industry experience to the position, Bermingham began his hospitality career in his hometown of Dublin, followed by ten years in London, including executive roles with ITT Sheraton Corporation. His career then led him to the United States, where he held prestigious General Manager roles at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston and the Montage Laguna Beach. Since 2008, he served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Montage International, where he oversaw all aspects of operations for the Montage and Pendry Hotel brand's seven hotels and resorts, including owner relations, culture development, and sales and marketing.

Bermingham assumes his new role as Virgin Hotels, founded in 2010, experiences its most robust growth to date. In 2021, the brand plans for three coast-to-coast openings in Las Vegas, New Orleans, and New York City while already operating hotels in Chicago, Dallas, and Nashville. Properties in Miami and Edinburgh are also in development, with additional opportunities being pursued in Philadelphia, Glasgow, Cannes, and Ibiza.

Virgin Hotels

Virgin Hotels is a lifestyle hospitality brand that combines heartfelt service, straightforward value, and a seamless, personalized hotel experience with the track record of innovation and smart disruption that Sir Richard Branson's global Virgin Group has pioneered for 50 years.
more information
Recent Appointments at Virgin Hotels

Rick Colangelo - Senior Vice President of Operations

29 January 2020 — Virgin Hotels, the lifestyle hotel brand by Sir Richard Branson, is pleased to welcome two new members to its corporate leadership team: Rick Colangelo as Senior Vice President of Operations and Guy Lindsey as Vice President of Construction.
read more

Leslie Kaminski - Vice President of Sales

8 November 2019 — Leslie Kaminski brings over 20 years of sales experience to this new position. She will be responsible for ensuring that all sales opportunities are being executed and that each strategy is being met.
read more

Rory Lowe - VP of Finance

8 November 2019 — Rory Lowe will also be joining the Virgin Hotels team from Two Roads Hospitality, where he previously served as Vice President of Finance overseeing Canada and the Eastern and Central United States. At Virgin Hotels, Lowe will work directly with other senior leaders to drive profitability at Virgin Hotels and provide financial leadership for all forthcoming openings.
read more
Advertisements