Malmaison and Hotel du Vin chief executive Robert Cook has quit to pursue new opportunities.

Robert had been head of the group’s boutique hotel company Malmaison and Hotel du Vin since 2004 when he re-joined the business as chief executive of Malmaison. Later the same year he worked closely with the group board to double the size of the boutique hotel business through the acquisition of Hotel du Vin which took the collection to 15.

Richard Balfour-Lynn, chief executive of MWB, said: “Over an eight year period Robert, working closely with MWB’s executive management team, has helped drive the growth of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands throughout the UK and together we have developed the business into one of the country’s foremost boutique hotel groups.

“However, we understand Robert’s desire to seek new challenges and equally it is the right time for a successor with a new perspective to ensure the brands maintain their cutting edge approach to hospitality and to lead Malmaison’s entry into the international market.”

Robert Cook, added: “I think the time is now right to move on to something new while bringing in a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas will help to develop the business further as well as refresh the brands.”