Returning to his former employer after eight years, Paul Leclerc has been appointed as the new managing director of Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

Leclerc, who was executive assistant manager at Loews Santa Monica from 2000 to 2003, has served for eight years as general manager of Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando in Florida.

At the Portofino Bay hotel, he was responsible for all operational aspects of the 750-room hotel, which Loews Hotels and Universal Parks & Resorts developed at the Universal Orlando Resort theme park destination. Under his leadership, the hotel was named one of the “Top 100 Resorts in U.S.” by Conde Nast Traveler and “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel + Leisure, according to Loews Hotels.

“Paul is a seasoned veteran with more than 25 years of experience at some of North America’s finest hotels and resorts,” said John Thacker, regional vice president of operations for Loews Hotels. “His extensive track record of success makes him the ideal candidate to maintain the hotel’s long standing reputation as one of Los Angeles’ most celebrated beachfront hotels.”

Loews Santa Monica Beach features include 342 guestrooms and suites, two restaurants and lounges.

A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Leclerc’s previous experience includes a diverse number of managerial positions. Prior to joining Loews Hotels, he served as director of rooms at the five-diamond Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business from Red River College in Winnipeg.