Belmond has announced the appointment of Sébastien Samoye as Vice-President of its Real Estate division. The company's ambition is to increase its portfolio of luxury hotels around the world.
Sébastien Samoye holds a Master's degree in economics from the Catholic University of Mons and has nearly 20 years’ experience in international hotel management. He started his career in 1998 with Ernst & Young before moving into the hotel industry in 2006.
He took his first steps in the industry at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide where he held roles such as Internal Audit Senior Manager EMEA, Internal Audit Director EMEA and Director Treasury, Capital Projects and Portfolio Management EMEA.
In 2017, he joined Algonquin Asset Management before moving to Schroders where he was in charge of asset management at both companies. In parallel, he founded the consulting firm CREO Advisory, which is specialised in financial, real estate and asset management.
In his new role at Belmond, Sébastien Samoye will play a key role in enhancing the brand's portfolio of luxury properties.
Already at the forefront of the luxury hotel industry, our goal is to manage prestigious hotels in popular holiday destinations around the world, with each property embodying our vision. We are well on our way to becoming the world's most desirable luxury brand, with an acquisition strategy of finding exceptional properties to add to our formidable collection. With a proven track record of overseeing hotel acquisitions, property redevelopments and asset management across Europe, Sébastien has nothing to prove. With his extensive knowledge of the property management industry, he will play a crucial role in the company's initiatives to remodel its properties into iconic locations, managing the assets in our portfolio while working with our partners on joint venture transactions. We are delighted to welcome Sebastien to the Belmond family.
Karl Bieberach, Senior Vice-President of Global Development at Belmond
I am delighted to be joining Belmond, a pioneering and visionary luxury travel and hotel company. There are great prospects for Belmond, and I look forward to working with Karl and the team to build the most outstanding collection of properties for Belmond as part of its acquisition strategy, with the ambition of eventually creating prestige hotels.
Sébastien Samoye, Vice-President of Real Estate at Belmond