Luxury group Aman has recruited Shangri-La Group sales chief where Greg Ward as head of global sales and distribution.

He joins after a 25 years in the sector including sales and marketing positions at von Essen, Mandarin Oriental, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Aman has 32 properties, in 21 destinations, including recently opened Aman Kyoto and Aman New York due to open in 2020.

Ward will oversee all sales and “help define the future vision and strategy” of the Swiss-based company.

He said: “Aman, with its intimate retreats and unassuming, warm hospitality, has always been a brand I have respected.

“I am looking forward to steering our approach to global sales as the brand continues to gently evolve in new locations and markets.

“This is a fantastic opportunity with an amazing team complemented by the ongoing investment and future Aman growth plans, including Aman New York and many other developing destinations, where the emphasis is on the guest experience and experiential journey.”