Hospitality Channel completes list of 250 notable industry executives.
yBC have been working in collaboration with Madison Mayfair to put together the Hospitality 250, a list of celebrating achievers, movers and shakers, and innovators in the hospitality industry.
We have been announcing 10 names every month on The Hospitality Channel and have recently reached the magic number of 250 incredible personalities.
The names in the Hospitality 250 are of successful individuals from a range of sectors within hospitality and tourism. All are doing incredible things and have a useful perspective to share.
This valuable resource includes: representatives of investor funds, executives at global hospitality companies, technology experts, data experts, consultants, educators, members of tourism organisations, and industry commentators.
yBC caught up with many of these industry insiders at hospitality conferences, where we got their perspectives on the issues of the day, found out what was affecting their business, and discussed how they came to reach their influential positions in the industry.
One of the first names to be announced was Ed Fuller. He was President & Managing Director of International Lodging at Marriot International for nearly 22 years. His leadership resulted in the creation of over $8 billion in annual sales and 80,000 jobs worldwide. He is now President and Founding Partner of Laguna Strategic Advisors.
This is Ed discussing Marriott’s approach to new markets:
Whilst the list of course includes executives from hospitality superpowers like Marriott, Hilton, and Carlson Rezidor; it also names executives from newer companies, those responding to shifts in consumer demands.
Michael Levie is a Founding Partner of citizenM, a hotel company which offers “affordable luxury” and is aimed at “Mobile Citizens of the World”. Michael is also a Board member of SnapShot a new hotel analytics company.
Here is Michael on rethinking hotel amenities and why internet charges are “stupid”:
The Hospitality 250 also includes professionals from the real estate and investment side of the industry. Gabriel Peterson is Managing Director of Blackstone’s London Real Estate Group. He oversees Blackstone’s hospitality investments in Europe. This is Gabriel’s advice on how to best position a hotel for sale:
With the world changing fast, technology and data have become important strategy points in hospitality.
Séverine Obertelli is a more recent addition to the Hospitality 250. She is Head of Sales & Marketing Europe at Maxxton, an IT solutions and services company, and is dedicated to helping the development and education of the hospitality sector.