Ledunfly Hospitality, part of the family office of Swiss businesswoman and philanthropist Dona Bertarelli, has appointed internationally renowned hotelier Grace Leo as CEO.
Dona Bertarelli is a successful Swiss businesswoman, philanthropist and sportswoman. Ledunfly Hospitality is a dedicated division of her family office, Ledunfly, which also encompasses her real estate and other personal business investments. She is co-founder and skipper of the sailing team Spindrift racing, and co-chair of the Bertarelli Foundation.
Grace Leo is an award-winning hotelier, known for developing greenfield development and repositioning luxury hotels and resorts for institutional investors and high net worth individuals. Grace is recognised for her unique blend of artistic flair, luxury design and successful project management in multiple cultures and languages.
Ledunfly Hospitality’s portfolio includes Park Gstaad, a five-star luxury hotel, and the Geneva Country Club, both in Switzerland, as well as the Five Seas Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel in Cannes, France. A luxury resort is currently under development in the Exumas area of the Bahamas, which is scheduled for completion in 2020.
“I am delighted that Grace Leo will be leading Ledunfly Hospitality. She is a proven hotelier with exceptional development experience. We share the same vision for the future of the luxury hospitality market and the role we can play in it. I look forward to Grace growing the division in the years to come,” says Dona Bertarelli.
Recognised for her work as a pioneer in the design-led hotel sector, Grace Leo brings vast experience to the role of CEO. Her projects have spanned Europe, North America, South America, the Caribbean and Asia and include the Hotels Montalembert and Lancaster in Paris, The Royal Riviera in Cap Ferrat, Le Guanahani and Le Toiny in St. Barths and The Cotton House in Mustique. Most recently Grace oversaw the development of hospitality elements of Ten Trinity Square in the City of London, a £350 million hotel and residential project, which opened in January 2017.
Grace has been a member of the Executive Committee of Leading Hotels of the World for nine years and has won numerous international awards.
“I am proud to be heading Ledunfly Hospitality for Dona Bertarelli. I was immediately attracted to Dona’s vision, passion and commitment for the business and I look forward to working with her to develop the portfolio in Europe and North America,” states Grace Leo.