Formerly operations manager, Smith has been promoted to general manager of the Cairn Group-owned 102-bedroom hotel in the heart of the Welsh capital.
Smith studied hospitality management at university and has worked at key events from the Silverstone Grand Prix to Wimbledon, before moving into hotels.
He has been a part of the Angel Hotel team for seven years and originally joined as food and beverage manager.
Smith said: “To step into the role of general manager at The Angel Hotel is a dream come true.
“I’ve grown to love this hotel and know it inside out, so it feels really special to get my big break and first general manager position. I’ve hit the ground running as we approach the busy festive period and plan for an exciting New Year.”
Cairn Group’s HR director Richard Adams, added: “At Cairn Group we highly value our people and we recognised Richard’s talent and passion. We are thrilled to see him step up as general manager and have every confidence he will lead the team to great things.”