Christopher Cowdray is the CEO of the Dorchester Collection, a luxury hotel operator. The Dorchester Collection owns and manages ten five-star hotels throughout the world. The hotels are The Dorchester, located in London, The Beverly Hills Hotel, located in Beverly Hills, CA, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France, Hotel Meurice, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, Hotel Principe di Savoia, a landmark hotel in Milan, Italy, the Hotel Bel-Air in the Bel-Air area of Los Angeles, CA, the Coworth Park Hotel in Berkshire County in England, 45 Park Lane in London, England, Hotel Eden in Rome, Italy, and Le Richemond Hotel, located in Geneva, Switzerland. These hotels are some of the finest luxury hotels in the world. Christopher Cowdray was appointed CEO of The Dorchester Collection in 2007, after spending three years as the general manager of The Dorchester Hotel, the flagship hotel of The Dorchester Collection. Cowdray is a native of Zimbabwe, and after earning a degree in hotel management there, attended Columbia University in New York City, where he graduated from the Columbia Business School’s Executive Program.
He then managed hotels all over the globe, spending time in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Under his leadership, The Dorchester Collection has added five hotels, doubling the number of properties. His leadership emphasizes personal service and using technology to help achieve this goal. While the landmark hotels provide the correct environment for a luxury hotel to operate, Cowdray believes that excellent service brings the whole package together. His expansion of The Dorchester Collection brand shows that the emphasis on not only environment but also service as a key requirement of luxury hotels is working. Cowdray has stated that bringing all of the hotels together under the same brand allows them to operate as a single company and provide efficiency. When he took over in 2007, The Dorchester Collection was acting as five independent hotels. However, under his leadership, The Dorchester Collection has used its collective resources to provide the kind of personalized service that luxury customers have come to expect from hotels. In 2013, Christopher Cowdray was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Hospitality Awards.