Campbell Gray Hotels appoints Alan O'Dea to MD role

The new managing director joins the team after a 20-year career in the hospitality sector

Alan O'Dea
Alan O'Dea

Campbell Gray Hotels has appointed Alan O’Dea as managing director.

O’Dea joins the Campbell Gray Hotels team after a 20-year career in the hospitality sector.

After gaining a degree in Hotel & Catering Management at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in his native Ireland, O’Dea held a number of senior positions within hospitality groups including, most recently, spending 12 years with the Swiss-based Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts where he resided in Paris, Zurich, Cairo and Dubai in his role as senior vice president Africa.

Prior to joining Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, O’Dea was regional director of revenue management France for InterContinental Hotels Group and director of revenue management for Le Meridien Hotels in Paris.

In his new role will oversee properties such as the Le Gray in Beirut, Campbell Gray Living Hotel & Residences in Amman, Jordan, and The Phoenicia in Malta. A number of new properties have also recently joined the Campbell Gray Hotels portfolio including The Machrie Hotel & Links in Islay, Scotland which opened in September 2018; The Merchant House in Manama, Bahrain which will open at the end of this month; and Alex, a Campbell Gray Hotel which will open on Lake Zurich, Switzerland this spring.

Founder of Campbell Gray Hotels, Gordon Campbell Gray, will continue to retain an integral role in the company. According to the official statement, he will be "preserving the high standards for which Campbell Gray Hotels is known, overseeing hotel design implementation, and protecting the company’s unique DNA for the future".

Saad Audeh, chairman of Campbell Gray Hotels and founder of its parent company, The Audeh Group, said in the statement: "[Alan] will also combine some of our other hospitality and engineering divisions, providing more services to developers and our existing portfolio."

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