Giles Shepherd CBE, (OH 1941-1944)
02/04/2006
Giles was Managing Director of the Savoy Group and Deputy Chairman of the London Ritz. He was born on April 1st 1937 and died of cancer on April 21st 2006. He is survived by his wife Peta, plus a son and daughter.

Most recently Giles guided the Savoy Group through its battle against takeover by the Forte Group before moving in the mid-1990's to the Ritz. On leaving HCS he was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. After five years GS left the Army to become a Director of Charringtons before joining H P Bulmer as a Director in 1967. Giles stayed with Bulmers until 1970, during which time he also studied management at Havard Business School. He had been appointed Managing Director of Findlater Mackie, Tod in 1967 and from 1970 -1976 of Westminster and Country Properties. Between 1972 - 1976 he was also a Non-Executive Director of the Dorchester Hotel, and in this capacity came to the attention of the Chairman of the Savoy Group, Sir Hugh Wontner. Shepherd therefore joined the Savoy in 1976 and in 1979 took over as Managing Director under Wontner.



He raised finance to buy the In and Out Club in London with a view to turning it into a Hotel. However, the Barclay brothers, whom he had known at the Savoy, offered him the job of running the Ritz. Shepherd resurrected the hotel after a period of decline, giving it something of the stylish gloss which he gave to his own shoes. He enforced the formal dress code, and his contacts attracted various members of our own Royal Family, as well as regal parties from overseas ! Giles retired from the Ritz in 2004.

Adapted from an entry in The Times dated 26th April 2006
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