COS COB, CT-Pegasus Capital Advisors, based here, has brought in Neil Jacobs, formerly president of global hotel operations at Starwood Capital Group, as CEO of its Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas unit. The move coincides with a period of expansion plans at Six Suns, including its first properties in the Western Hemisphere.
Although Six Senses’ Americas plans currently focus on properties in St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic and Colombia, Jacobs told Bloomberg that “the US is also on our mind.” Urban markets such as New York City are possibilities, he said.
A 30-year hospitality veteran with long experience in Asia, Jacobs spent the past five years as head of Greenwich, CT-based Starwood Capital’s hotel unit before joining Pegasus. While with Starwood Capital, he oversaw the development of the company’s Baccarat and 1 Hotels brands. In his new position, he will be based in Bangkok.
A Starwood Capital spokesman tells GlobeSt.com the company declines to comment on Jacobs’ departure. Last week, Starwood Capital hired C. Scott Rohm to lead its SH Group brand management company.
Sustainable Luxury Holdings Ltd., a company formed this past spring and managed by Pegasus and its affiliates, will operate the eight Six Senses resorts and 21 standalone spa assets, which are located mainly in Southeast Asia. Bloomberg quoted Jacobs on Monday as saying that although Six Senses intends to gain management contracts rather than buying the underlying real estate, the company is willing to contribute as much as 15% of equity should a project require it.
Along with the hiring of Jacobs, Six Senses announced further developments in its management team. Wolf Hengst, a four-year member of the Six Senses board of directors, is serving as executive chairman, while Bernhard Bohnenberger, president of Six Senses, will continue in that role, reporting directly to Jacobs. Anna Bjurstam joins the executive team as VP of spa and wellness for the brand.