Growth-minded Auberge adds CDO, CFO

As part of Auberge Resorts plans to expand its global footprint through projects in the United States, the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Africa, the luxury hotel developer and operator on Tuesday announced that Alison Cumberland will join the company as chief development officer and Claude Brock has been tapped as chief financial officer.

Cumberland joins Auberge Resorts with more than 15 years of hospitality acquisition and development experience, most recently serving as senior vice president, North American full-service hotel development in the western region at Marriott International. Cumberland negotiated Marriott’s hotel portfolio presence at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and was a contributing member of the team that executed a franchise agreement for the Autograph Collection at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

As CDO, Cumberland will partner with Auberge CEO Craig Reid and the management team to identify, negotiate and secure all development projects including new construction, conversions and expansions.

Brock joins Auberge Resorts following a 20-year tenure with KSL Resorts, where he was director of operational finance. He oversaw all aspects of operational accounting, procurement, information technology and internal audit for a portfolio of 2,900 rooms, 68 F&B outlets, 55 retail outlets and 11 golf courses. Brock had an active role in several significant transactions, including the sale of KSL Recreation Corp. to CNL Hotels in 2004.

Brock will lead and direct the company’s financial reporting and analysis, budgeting and capital planning activities. He will also be charged with developing and implementing a technology roadmap for Auberge Resorts and support the company’s expansion initiatives.

In December 2013, Auberge Resorts announced a significant capital investment by Houston billionaire Dan Friedkin to grow the company’s portfolio in both resort and urban settings.