Richard Lewis

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Having spent a lifetime heading some of the world’s most successful hotel groups, Richard Lewis joined the company in June 2017 as CEO of Northern Powerhouse Developments Hotels.

Lewis, who was formerly CEO of Best Western Hotels GB and CEO of Landmark Hotels in Dubai, brings nearly 40 years industry experience to the role.

With a strong marketing background and an in-depth knowledge of industry-changing technology, Lewis is regarded as one of the most experienced operators within the international hotel and leisure sector and has held senior roles with Savoy Hotel Group, EMI, Forte, Le Meridien, CNN Turner Broadcasting and Preferred Hotel Group.

In 2011, he was appointed CEO OF Best Western Hotels GB where he helped restructure the group before taking over the reins at Landmark Hotels in 2016 to oversee their nine prestigious hotels in UAE and Saudi Arabia.

With an in-depth understanding of e-commerce, Lewis helped to pioneer the transformation of travel booking patterns with WorldRes in the late 1990’s before going on to launch Clickworker’s crowdsourcing platform in the UK in 2010 and helping in the development of what3words – a revolutionary addressing system.

Lewis is also an international speaker and panellist who has presented on subjects ranging from ‘Brand though the eyes of the consumer’ to ‘Internet innovations in Tourism’.