Belmond hires Karl Bieberach as head of global development
Belmond has appointed Karl Bieberach as senior vice president of global development.
Commencing his new role on March 22, Bieberach will be responsible for the global expansion of Belmond’s portfolio, which spans hotels, trains, river barges and safaris.
Bieberach joins the company with over 25 years of experience, having most recently served as chief development officer at Rosewood Hotel Group. He has also held senior roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and HVS International.
Bieberach’s background includes hotel and residential development, acquisitions, feasibility and investment analysis. Belmond said he had evaluated or transacted nearly 500 deals globally during his career.
“Already at the forefront of luxury, Belmond has a renewed and ambitious strategy that will position us as the leading provider of incomparable genuine travel experiences,” said Roeland Vos, president and chief executive of Belmond.
“Part of this strategy is our commitment to finding unique assets in remarkable locations that will further expand our collection of one-of-a-kind offerings to today’s discerning travellers.
“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.”
Bieberach added: “It is a great pleasure to join Belmond, a pioneer in the world of luxury travel. As a brand that sees its role as a custodian of timeless heritage, I will continue to be guided by this philosophy, selectively expanding the footprint where not only can we offer authentic experiences but also play a role in celebrating the legendary art of travel.
“I am excited about the opportunities that await especially in this momentous time in the history of travel.”