David Gibbons Named GM of The Lenox, Boston

. October 14, 2008

BOSTON, MA, October 2, 2006. David Gibbons has been appointed General Manager of The Lenox, a 212 room 4-diamond hotel in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay. Built in 1900 by legendary hotelier Lucias Boomer, The Lenox is the flagship property of The Saunders Hotel Group (SHG). David joins The Lenox at a time when SHG is putting the final touches on a top to bottom $15 Million capital improvement program at the property, including guest rooms, public spaces, and restaurants.

"With his global perspective and experience in luxury hotels, we are pleased to have David leading the hotel into its second century," said Jeffrey Saunders, President of SHG. "David has a respect for the hotel's past and the experience to keep it moving successfully into the future.

With twenty-five years experience in international hospitality, the Canadian born Gibbons most recently served with Raffles Swissotel as General Manager of The Drake Swissotel, New York. In a previous assignment, as Director of Food and Beverage at The Drake, he opened the world famous Lafayette restaurant with Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

David has also served as the General Manager of The Swissotel Boston. Concurrent with that assignment, he was President of Hotel Gourmet, a food logistics enterprise and sister company of Gate Gourmet and Rail Gourmet.

During his previous tenure in Boston, David was very active in the hospitality community. In addition to serving as President of The Massachusetts Lodging Association, he was a member of The Chamber of Commerce Transportation and Development Committee, the Board of The Downtown Crossing Association, and The Boston SKAL club. "Boston is a great city and it is a dynamic moment in its hotel industry," said Gibbons. "I am happy and proud to return to a city I hold so dear. The Lenox Hotel is truly a Boston gem, and I am looking forward to positioning the hotel in its rightful place among Boston's finest.

David and his family live on Massachusetts' Cape Ann. An avid oil painter, David's work has been exhibited at numerous shows.

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