According to the group, Edward Carson’s succession to chairman will “pave the way” for the appointment of a new financial director, with Belfast-headquartered executive search firm 4c Executive appointed to manage the search for the role.
Hastings Hotels is the largest independent hotel group in Northern Ireland, with seven properties across the province – including the newly-opened 300-bedroom Grand Central Hotel in Belfast.
Managing director Dr Howard Hastings said: “Hastings Hotels has got to where it is today through very gradual investment and evolvement over a sustained period of time.
“Now, at over 1000 bedrooms across Northern Ireland, we’re proud to be recognised and respected as a leading hotel group which is built on the warmth of its welcome and personal touch, combined with exacting international standards.”
He added: “None of this would have been possible without Edward’s leadership and stewardship. We are deeply indebted to him, both as a family and as a business, for his steadfast loyalty and dedication to Hastings Hotels over the past 47 years. I am confident we will continue to benefit from his excellent wisdom and guidance in the coming years as he takes on the role of chairperson.
“But we also look forward to welcoming in a new era for the group with the appointment of a new financial director who, like Edward, will be instrumental in helping Hastings Hotels embrace the many challenges and opportunities that are sure to come our way in the future.”