Raul Leal has stepped down as chief executive of Virgin Hotels after leading the company for ten years.
He joined company in 2010 as the first employee when it was building its initial pipeline of projects and developing its lifestyle hotel offering.
Leal has since played a significant role in creating the character and infrastructure of the brand, inspiring its unique design, and instilling its exemplary service ethos.
He has also been instrumental in establishing strong relations with our partners and attracting a world-class management team to the business.
Now, with the Virgin Hotels brand established and major hotels in Las Vegas, New York, and New Orleans set to open this year, Leal has decided to step back from the day-to-day management of the business and focus on new personal projects.
He will also continue consulting for Virgin Group as an advisor on brand and design related matters.
Peter Norris, chairman of Virgin Hotels, said: “Raul has built a tremendous platform for Virgin Hotels to expand from over the last ten years.
“We have won several distinguished hotel awards and have shaken up the lifestyle hotel sector with our distinctive proposition and innovative designs.
“His passion for service and his