Laurence Geller, chief executive officer of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, has been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List published on New Year’s Eve. The designation was made in recognition of Geller’s exemplary service to The Churchill Centre, along with his extensive charitable and humanitarian work in the United Kingdom, the United States and throughout the world.
A native of London, Geller currently serves as the chairman of the board of trustees for the Churchill Centre, the leading organization celebrating the life, times, lessons and relevance of Sir Winston Churchill. Geller was instrumental in leading the Centre’s preservation and financial solvency, while expanding its awareness in the U.K. and in North America to a level not previously accomplished.
In May 2011, Geller was appointed chancellor of West London University, the successor to his alma mater, Ealing Technical College. In addition, he serves on the President’s Council of the Midwest Region of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where his philanthropic activities have significantly contributed to the improvement of many needy children’s lives in Africa. Geller is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau, the American Jewish Committee and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
“I am most humbled by this very special honor,” Geller said. “Giving back to society and serving causes beyond oneself has always been, and will always be an imperative of mine. In addition to speaking volumes about the importance of The Churchill Centre, I hope this distinction will help bring recognition to a wide variety of deserving charities, organizations and causes.”