Sébastien Bazin, Accor Chairman & CEO declared: “We are pleased to welcome Stephen, a highly respected and visionary leader within the international luxury hotel space. His experience and expertise will strongly contribute to further building momentum of our Raffles brand and to making the highly anticipated launch of the Orient Express hotel brand a tremendous success.”
Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles & Orient Express said: "It is a privilege to be taking on the stewardship of these two magnificent brands. I am greatly looking forward to this next episode, working closely with all functional & operational teams and leveraging Accor's exceptional talent and resources globally. We have a unique opportunity to accelerate Raffles' forward momentum, as well as to reignite the Orient Express brand, successfully bringing its glamour and timeless qualities to a new generation of hotels starting with our first property in Rome."
Stephen trained in Switzerland and moved into the luxury hotel business, where he has focused his career ever since. With Starwood he opened the St Regis in New York and led the St Regis and Luxury Collection brands globally. He was CEO for nine years of Maybourne Hotel Group, whose flagship properties include Claridge's, The Connaught and The Berkeley. In 2016 he was appointed CEO of The SET, owner and operator of London’s Hotel Cafe Royal, The Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the Lutetia in Paris.
Stephen has served on the boards of Walpole British Luxury (London) and London First as well as Ferragamo’s Lungarno Collection (Florence). He was awarded an honorary title in 2002 as “Console di Roma“ for the renovation of the César Ritz Grand hotel, completed in time for the Giubileo 2000 celebrations.