Bloc Hotels names Paul Lewis as CFO

Bloc Hotels, a UK-based hotel chain, has announced the appointment of Paul Lewis as its new chief financial officer.

Lewis brings a “wealth of experience” from across a mix of hospitality sectors as well as technology businesses and will support the “continuing expansion plans” of Bloc.

He was previously CFO at Qbic Hotels and FD at St Christopher’s Inns, the European Hostel chain, CFO at Datapoint, a European systems integrator, UK FD & Group FC at Genesys, a NASDAQ technology business.

It comes as construction of a new flagship 22-storey Bloc Hotel is already underway at Grand Central in Birmingham – with the brand also confirming that it has further “properties in the pipeline”.

Lewis said: “I have watched the progress of Bloc over the years and look forward to helping with the realisation of the next exciting growth phase and want to continue the success it has achieved over the past decade.

“The aspirations of Bloc are closely aligned to those we held at Qbic prior to the covid pandemic, I believe there will be many opportunities for Bloc as the sector continues to recover.”

He added: “Clearly there are challenges in the short-term as a result of covid, however the longer-term prospects for hospitality are solid and I am very excited to join the Bloc team at this time.”

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