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Two key appointments take flight at Sofitel London Heathrow

Sofitel London Heathrow, managed and operated by the Arora Group, has moved to strengthen its senior team with the appointment of operations manager James Murphy, and director of food and beverage, Patrick Mudalige.

Murphy, who will begin at Sofitel London Heathrow in July, has 13 years’ experience in the hotel sector, and was Meetings and Events operations manager at the Arora-managed and owned InterContinental London - The O2, during its launch. He also has experience of Sofitel London Heathrow, having worked as Meetings and Events operations manager for the hotel between 2011 and 2015.

With over 20 years’ experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, Mudalige has worked in hotels including Hilton International, Burj Al Arab and Waldorf Astoria. He also held senior roles at Marriott International, Boscolo Hotels, St Regis Hotels and Autograph Collection Hotels.

He is a bronze, silver and gold medallist of the Craft Guild of Chefs and started at Sofitel London Heathrow earlier this month.

Ryan Nicholls, general manager, Sofitel London Heathrow, said: “We’re delighted to welcome James and Patrick to Sofitel London Heathrow – two really strong additions to the team. We are committed to nurturing talent from within the group.”

Sofitel London Heathrow is a purpose-built luxury conference and leisure hotel directly connected to Terminal 5. It has 605 guestrooms and 45 flexible meeting rooms, including the Arora Suite which can accommodate up to 1,300 people for a theatre style conference.

Additional facilities allow delegates to hire separate office spaces as well as serviced reception areas.