Christopher Norton, the new President Operations EMEA of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
With a 23 year career in Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, currently serving as the Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons George V in Paris, Christopher Norton will take up the position President Hotel Operations Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) effective 1st September 2012.
Norton joined Four Seasons in 1989 as an Executive Assistant Manager at Le Quatre Saisons, Montréal (formerly a Four Seasons hotel). Since that time, he has held progressively senior roles in every region in which the company operates in both urban and resort locations. Since 2007, Norton has been running of one of the company’s flagship properties, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and, as Regional Vice President, he has had operational oversight for a number of hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean.
As the Chairman of Global Spa Task Force, Norton has been instrumental in establishing Four Seasons as a power brand in luxury hotel SPAs worldwide. Under his leadership, Four Seasons was recognized by the 2011 Spa Finder Reader’s Choice Awards as the Best Brand Overall and as the Reader’s Choice for Best Resort Spa Brand by Spa Magazine.
Besides his vast experience and dedication, Christopher Norton is probably one of the most elegant and exquisit hoteliers worldwide, a true gentleman who embodies perfectly the spirit of Four Seasons, serving as an impecable Ambassador.
Christopher Norton replaces Antoine Corinthios who is retiring after a 35 year career, being considered as one of the pioneers of the Four Seasons company. Kathleen Taylor, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts said “Antoine has great intelligence, quick wit and incredible style. His highly sought after advice has guided countless Four Seasons careers and his extraordinary contributions will leave a lasting legacy on numerous current and future leaders.”
“When I joined Four Seasons, we had just one hotel in the region. Today, EMEA represents 30 percent of our global portfolio, and growing, with the opening of the landmark Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Azerbaijan and the much anticipated Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg this year,” said Norton. “I’m honoured to take on this role at such an exciting time in the company’s history. Four Seasons is regarded as the pinnacle of excellence and I look forward to cementing our leadership even further.”