Christopher Cowdray is a native Zimbabwean who is best known for his immense success in the hotel industry. He has managed hotels all over the globe in his 30 year long career, and continues as the CEO of The Dorchester Hotel. Cowdray started with a vision of creating the ultimate hotel management company, a vision that he has made a reality.
Mr. Cowdray acquired a degree in hotel management in his home country, Zimbabwe, before coming to the United States to attend Colombia University, located in New York City, New York. He worked hard, and graduated from Columbia Business School’s Executive Program. It was from this point that he moved on to begin his career in the hotel industry.
For thirty years Cowdray has made his career home in the hotel industry. His managerial work has taken him all over the world, Asia, Africa, Australia, The Middle East, and The United Kingdom. During his time in the United Kingdom, Cowdray became the managing director of London’s Claridge’s hotel. The five star hotel is commonly referred to as an “annexe to Buckingham Palace,” due to it’s long line of royalty connections.
It was in 2004 that Cowdray began his relationship with The Dorchester as the general manager. Three years later in 2007, Christopher Cowdray became chief executive officer, or CEO, of the Dorchester Collection, which includes ten hotels. Shortly after becoming CEO, he began to expand the Dorchester family.
In 2008, Cowdray unveiled the first expansions to the Dorchester Collection. The Hotel Bel-Air and the New York Palace Hotel were those first expansions, though since then the New York Palace Hotel has been sold off. However, the Dorchester Collection has continued to expand with multiple additions, including, The Le Richemond in Geneva, 45 Park Lane in England, and Hotel Eden in Rome.
By the year 2013, Christopher Cowdray found himself at the European Hospitality Awards. It was there that he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded based on his achievements with The Dorchester Collections. He also has the honor of holding the prestigious Catey’s ‘Hotel Manager of the Year’ award, which he won in 2004, as well as the Hotel & Catering Personnel & Training Association’s Special Achievement Award. His dedication to excellence and world class customer service is to thank for the awards he has received.
Cowdray truly sets the standard in hospitality in the hotel industry across the globe.