CEO of Best Western Great Britain to resign

YORK, ENGLAND Interchange & Consort Hotels, the parent company of Best Western Great Britain and management firm InnFutures, announces that CEO David Clarke is resigning, effective in September.

“After careful consideration, David has decided that the time has come for him to pass on the baton to a new CEO to take the company through its next phase,” says Rhys Roberts, chairman of Interchange & Consort. “David has been instrumental in driving through the important changes needed by the company, and his contribution has been significant and essential. The past five years have seen some of our best achievements resulting in sales that are growing significantly year on year, and Best Western becoming one of the best known hotel brands in the UK.”

The company is engaged in a search to replace Clarke, with the goal of hiring a successor by mid-summer.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past five years at the helm, and we have a strong executive team and board in place to build on our achievements aimed at providing services to the independent hotel sector,” Clarke says. “Having steered the organization through some major changes, it’s now time for me to seek out some new challenges, and I’ll continue being involved in companies in the hospitality industry.”

Best Western Great Britain is the largest group of independently owned and managed hotels in Great Britain, with more than 270 properties and 15,000 guestrooms.