Robert Cook is to stand down as chief executive of the hotel business of MWB Group, which operates the Hotel du Vin and Malmaison brands, to “pursue other interests” in the hospitality sector. Cook has headed MWB’s boutique hotel company Malmaison since 2004 when he re-joined the business as chief executive of Malmaison. Later that year the business acquired the Hotel du Vin brand. Cook has also overseen the development of offshoot brands including Pub Du Vin and Bistro Du Vin. The division currently operates 26 boutique hotels and two stand alone restaurants. Last month MWB Group refinanced a £285.5m debt facility against its Malmaison and Hotel du Vin business which, together with the £100m net proceeds from the five sales and leasebacks the company previously announced, enabled MWB to reduce Malmaison’s debt to £180m. Cook told M&C Report that he has “one or two options” for his next move and revealed: “I’m staying in the hospitality industry. I’m a hotelier through and through, I don’t know anything else. He added: “It has been a truly exciting and rewarding journey over the past eight years. I believe I am leaving a business that is in great financial shape, has a fantastic team of people and two brilliant brands. "I think the time is now right to move on to something new while bringing in a fresh pair of eyes and new ideas will help to develop the business further as well as refresh the brands.” Richard Balfour-Lynn, chief executive of MWB, said: “Over an eight year period Robert, working closely with MWB’s executive management team, has helped drive the growth of the Malmaison and Hotel du Vin brands throughout the UK and together we have developed the business into one of the country’s foremost boutique hotel groups. “However, we understand Robert’s desire to seek new challenges and equally it is the right time for a successor with a new perspective to ensure the brands maintain their cutting edge approach to hospitality and to lead Malmaison’s entry into the international market. “The successful refinancing of the Malmaison Group, combined with an established and strong operating team within the brands, provides a great platform for growth in the future and we are optimistic over the medium-term for the success of our business.”