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Desmond Taljaard

Managing Director – Hotels, London & Regional Properties

    Desmond is MD – Hotels for London & Regional, responsible for Acquisitions and Asset Management. He recently led the acquisition of Atlas Hotels, a portfolio of 47 select service hotels in GB. He served from 2006-2012 as COO, Europe for Starwood Capital, leading the acquisitions for Golden Tulip Group, Principal Hayley and Shoreditch Crowne Plaza, including its conversion to an ACE hotel.
    Desmond also served as Director Development Whitbread, SVP Real Estate at Hilton International and property Director at Sainsbury’s.
    Desmond is an Economics graduate of LSE, and a Chartered Accountant.