McDonagh will be responsible for more than 80 staff and conferencing space for up to 500 delegates (Horton Room).
He said: "My priority is to raise the profile of the Macdonald Burlington and firmly establish the hotel as the leading hotel in Birmingham. With one of the largest conference facilities in the city and mindful of the fact Birmingham is home to both the International Convention Centre (ICC) and NEC, the staff will be working hard to regain market share by appealing to discerning visitors, including in the corporate business tourism sector."
McDonagh apreviously spent 14 years as general manager of Jurys Inn, West Midlands. His appointment comes when the hotel is investing over £1m in the refurbishment of its bedrooms.