CBRE hires Kenneth Hatton from Belmond to lead EMEA Hotels

Global real estate advisor, CBRE has today announced the appointment of Kenneth Hatton as Managing Director, Head of Hotels, EMEA. Kenneth will start his new role in June 2021.

Kenneth is a leading figure in the global hotel market, most recently as Executive Vice President - Global Development and General Counsel at Belmond Ltd., an affiliate of LVMH Moët Hennessy - Louis Vuitton SE. With a career that began in corporate M&A and hospitality law, and with substantial experience on both the brand and owner side around the world, Kenneth will bring a deep understanding of varied industry insights to the role. He has been involved with transactions, on both the advisor and principal side, involving over 350 hotels and mixed-use projects across EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

Kenneth’s appointment is the latest in a series of key hires across CBRE’s EMEA hotels business, including the appointments of Chris Gow and Stephen Barr to lead Debt Advisory for CBRE’s Operational Real Estate business, as well as the recent appointment of Joe Green, in the Capital Advisors team who has brought hotel-specific restructuring expertise to CBRE’s Real Estate Investment Banking capability. Alister McCutchion also joined the business to lead CBRE’s UK Operational Real Estate advisory business. Together, these professionals bring unrivalled expertise, demonstrating CBRE’s commitment to providing best-in-market service to its clients.

Kenneth Hatton commented “The strength of CBRE’s pan-sector, global platform is truly impressive. As a client, I have seen first-hand the power of when the hotels team joins forces with the wider business. As the entire world of real estate looks at itself in the mirror in light of the pandemic and its aftermath, I can think of no firm better placed to help hotel-industry stakeholders navigate the new realities. The sense of anticipation in the industry has never been greater, and I am excited to join CBRE at this extraordinary moment in time.”

Chris Brett, Managing Director, Capital Markets, EMEA
CBRE recognises the substantial evolution of the hotel sector within investment portfolios over the past few years, driven by strong market performance and investors seeking to diversify. With our clients evermore connected globally, they need a hotel advisory team that can augment market-leading real estate advice with M&A, debt and strategic advisory services. Kenneth will not only bring his global insight, management and leadership but also help shape our hotel services offering to match the post-Covid priorities of global hotel owners, operators and investors.
Chris Brett, Managing Director, Capital Markets, EMEA