The Lux Collective names new CEO ahead of Paul Jones departure

French hospitality executive Olivier Chavy will take over as chief executive of The Lux Collective in June as Paul Jones steps down after 14 years in the role.

Chavy will oversee Lux Hotels and Resorts as well as sister brands Salt, Tamassa and Socio while “pursuing expansion in high potential markets”.

Chavy has more than 30 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality industry. He was most recently president of Travel + Leisure Group – Panorama and was a member of the Travel + Leisure Co executive committee.

Prior to joining Panorama in 2019, he served as chief executive of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and as president and chief executive of interior design firm Wilson Associates.

He has also held executive roles with Hilton and general manager roles at luxury hotels including Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris and Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa.

Chavy said he was “honoured” to join The Lux Collective "at such an exciting time”, following the recent opening of Lux Marijani Zanzibar and upcoming openings in Vietnam, China and United Arab Emirates. 

He added: “The Lux Collective, an award-winning Mauritian homegrown brand, is globally acclaimed for its exceptional service. My familiarity with TLC's presence in the diverse markets, from Mauritius, the Maldives and China to upcoming destinations of Vietnam and the UAE will be advantageous. 

“Whilst I look forward to rediscover these regions, my priority will be on collaborating closely with the team members, recognising their vital contribution to TLC's future success and beyond.”

The Lux Collective chairman Arnaud Lagesse said: “We are confident that Olivier’s experience in the travel and hospitality business coupled with his over 30-year travel record in business transformation will strengthen and guide TLC towards its future strategy.

“His mandate will be to continue to ride the wave of success of TLC and grow our different brands in various key markets, whilst curating new brand experiences and bringing to life our culture of exceptional service.”

Lagesse also thanked Jones for his 14-year tenure as chief executive.

“Paul's unwavering commitment to delivering unparalleled guest experiences and market share leadership had a pivotal role in reaffirming TLC as a globally recognised luxury hospitality brand,” he said. 

“He leaves a great legacy and I wish to thank him personally for the sustained growth in Mauritius and internationally.”

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