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Brigitte Van Den Houte appointed as Vice President, Global HR

  • Brigitte Van Den Houte appointed as Vice President, Global Human Resources at The Leading Hotels of the World.

    The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW) has appointed Brigitte Van Den Houte to the position of Vice President, Global Human Resources. Ms. Van Den Houte assumed the position in April 2021 and will be based out of LHW’s global headquarters in New York City.

    Ms. Van Den Houte will serve as a vital leader at LHW and report to President and Chief Executive Officer Shannon Knapp. Together with the management team she will work to build the post-pandemic future for LHW.

    In her role, Ms. Van Den Houte will be responsible for designing and implementing a new global Human Resources strategy to support the company’s strategic vision. She will oversee the global Human Resources team and ensure ongoing organizational effectiveness. During this critical time in the travel industry, Ms. Van Den Houte will further cultivate the company’s growth mindset and continue to build a high-performance culture to support LHW’s more than 400 worldwide hotels.

    Ms. Van Den Houte’s Global Human Resources expertise spans over 20 years and multiple countries. Prior to joining LHW she most recently served as senior vice president, human resources, global talent management at Pitney Bowes, Inc. During her successful career she has led culture transformations within a complex environment with multiple, geographically disbursed locations around the world, including Europe, North America, Brazil, and Asia Pacific. This expertise and experience with be an asset to LHW’s global community.

    “Brigitte is a results-oriented, data-driven change agent known for getting things done with purposeful speed,” said Shannon Knapp, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Leading Hotels of the World. “I am confident that she will leverage her extensive expertise to transform the Human Resources mandate at LHW and that she is the right leader to help LHW accelerate our success.”

    Ms. Van Den Houte holds a master’s in human resources management from Vlerick Business School in Belgium.

    About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW)

    Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, LHW is the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. In 1928, 38 independent hoteliers came together to create LHW. Since then, the Company has carefully curated distinctive hotels, resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt, to share them with adventurous souls who seek the remarkably uncommon. The LHW community is filled of exceptional individuals, united by a passion for the surprising discoveries and details that come with every experience. LHW hoteliers are artisans of hospitality whose expertise, commitment to excellence, and individual flair allows them to create story-worthy moments for their guests. And it is these authentic, individualized experiences combined with the warm hospitality and high-touch service they provide that keeps discerning travelers returning again and again. LHW’s collection covers the globe and promises a broad range of destinations and uncommon experiences, enhanced by LHW’s tiered guest loyalty program Leaders Club. From converted former palaces, and countryside retreats run by the same families for generations, to gleaming skyscrapers in dynamic urban centers, serene private island escapes, glamorous tented camps – and beyond –  explore, find inspiration, and experience unforgettable travel moments. For more information visit:, Facebook at @LeadingHotels, Twitter at @LeadingHotels and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld


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