President and Chief Executive Officer, J. Allen Smith, of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced his departure at the end of 2018 upon the completion of his five-year contract with the company.

“It is a profound honor and privilege for me to lead Four Seasons, and I am deeply grateful to my colleagues whose passion for being the best is evident every day in all that they do. I have been fortunate to enjoy the tremendous support of our Board of Directors and hotel owners, who share a deep sense of commitment to our long-term success,” he says.

The Four Seasons Founder and Chairman Isadore Sharp was nothing short of pleased with the work that Smith brought to Four Seasons. “Through his five years of leadership, Allen has built an outstanding senior management team and successfully pursued strategic initiatives, so the company is well positioned for the next chapter of its evolution and leadership. The Board and Allen are committed to a successful CEO transition and meeting their responsibility to maintain and enhance Four Seasons brand, people and service culture, and management capabilities.  Four Seasons has never been stronger.”[1]