Chief Executive Officer
Olivier is a leader with hands-on hotel experience and a true passion for hospitality. His talent and flair shone from a young age, becoming General Manager of the iconic Hotel Normandie in Deauville, France at just 27. He has since risen to prominence in a range of high-profile industry roles. In September 2016, Olivier joined Mövenpick as CEO.
A truly global citizen, Olivier is fluent in three languages and travels 280 days a year, so when he’s off-duty, he likes to enjoy the simple things in life: home, family and friends, and the great outdoors.
Out of the office you’ll find him sailing, water-skiing, or sitting at home on his terrace overlooking the lake, savouring a fresh tomato and mozzarella salad. In this sense Olivier is Mövenpick through and through; he enjoys natural moments of wonder.
Chief Operating Officer Europe
Ola is a firm believer in the power of customer service and makes it his mission to ensure every Mövenpick guest leaves their hotel surprised and delighted.
This dedication to service delivery and commitment to high standards of hotel management is in his blood – he is a true veteran of the hotel industry with decades of hospitality experience.
A Swedish national, Ola strives for excellence in everything that he does, and is an accomplished equestrian, a keen carpenter, and a budding chef. At home near Zürich he enjoys the outdoor life and when he’s not in the saddle riding a horse, he can often be found behind the wheel of a tractor.
President Middle East & Africa
Marc’s penchant for travel and cuisine make him a born hotelier. Inquisitive by nature, you’ll often find him checking out local restaurants, historical and cultural sites at home and overseas, with recent favourites including the new Louvre Abu Dhabi and outstanding restaurants in old residential Cairo.
The great outdoors, from deserts to forests, hold strong appeal too – Marc is a jogger and a trekker and is also the proud owner of a boat that he shares with friends. He’s knowledge hungry, fuelling his passion for geo and politics and a desire to meet new people from all walks of life, plus he enjoys reading books, from factual essays to fictional classics.
But Marc is happiest spending quality time with family and friends and often cooks for them or takes them on a desert adventure.
Senior Vice President Commercial
Paul is inquisitive and loves to travel, meeting new people and experiencing exciting destinations. He has spent more than 20 years globetrotting the world while forging his successful career in the hotel business.
He’s a navigator at heart, and sails close to the wind – literally – as a keen windsurfer and licensed powerboat captain. His focus and drive have helped successfully guide Mövenpick through unchartered waters, with fast emerging digital and distribution models making waves in the industry.
Paul embraces innovation (he believes driverless cars “will happen”), but at the same time enjoys the simpler things in life. That’s why family time is sacred. His downtime involves cooking Asian cuisine, catching up with friends, and playing board games with his children (“even the princess ones”, he admits).
Senior Vice President Human Resources
Craig is a people person who embraces diversity. Born in the UK, he travelled the world with his family, as a child experiencing a variety of cultures. This fuelled his desire to work in the hotel industry, helping people from all walks of life to make the most of their careers.
A man of compassion, Craig often travels to Madagascar, where his wife was born, to support a charity that helps underprivileged children. In his spare time, he studies philosophy, psychology and politics, such is his fascination with human nature.
Craig’s ongoing journey of discovery also takes him to new restaurants. He’s a self-professed ‘foodie’, but fortunately, he’s a keen runner too. When he’s not keeping fit, Craig watches sport, particularly football, and listens to “heavy music”; such is his eclectic taste.
Chief Information Officer
Floor is a tech guru like no other. He is not only MBA material, but a dynamic problem solver. He’s spent more than 15 years honing his hospitality IT skills and has brought energy and enthusiasm to Mövenpick’s technology team.
Off duty, Floor is a Dutch super dad who loves to take his daughter horse riding and on desert hacks. He also takes time out to read to her and her classmates every Tuesday.
A solutions architect needs focus, and Floor leads a varied life to sharpen his mind. He relishes practicing yoga in his garden, scratching tracks in his home DJ booth, and having a kick-about with his local football team.
Chief Development Officer
Andrew feels most at home in Asia where he has spent his entire working career. He’s an Aussie with a passion for hotel development, and likes to wax lyrical about the subject.
A leading hospitality sector authority and a capable orator, you’ll find Andy speaking at industry events or lecturing at universities. He’s also put pen to paper, authoring several articles on topics ranging from asset management and hotel management contracts, to investment and finance.
He’s a sociable fellow and enjoys and meal and a chat with friends and family. Like most hoteliers, Andy loves to travel, particularly to far-flung locations where he can hike or ski. He’s inquisitive and intuitive, and loves to explore new destinations ripe for development opportunities.
Vice President Strategy & Intelligence
James is a self-confessed foodie and as a strategic thinker, plans his restaurant itinerary months before he travels on vacation, such is his desire to embark on gastronomic journeys and experiences.
His passion for food and drink and trying new places to eat, combined with his determination to ‘make a difference’ in the workplace, put him in good company at Mövenpick, a global hospitality firm renowned for its F&B expertise and culinary innovation.
He’s a sports fanatic too, favouring skiing in the Swiss mountains, close to Mövenpick HQ, or watching the England rugby team play while savouring a wine or beer from the comfort of his home or hotel – in the south of France, Bali or Jamaica if he has the choice.
Chief Financial Officer
Michel is a figures man and has been successfully number crunching for leading hospitality companies around the world more than 30 years.
A strategist, who is admired for his focused and technical mind, Michel is not only adept at financial planning, but also a chess player, which really puts his talents to the test.
Michel is also a car enthusiast and sports fan and when he’s not embroiled in data, digits and strategising, you’ll find him checking out classic and vintage car models or watching football or tennis matches. But he is just as happy switching off and spending quality time with family and friends, or reading a good book.
President – Asia
With a passion for food, travel and people, there is no doubt Mark Willis chose the right career path. “I’m lucky enough to work in the ‘making people smile business’, he says, “and what could be better than that?”
Mark loves cooking and launched his career in London’s busy kitchens, making a mark on the city’s restaurant scene before moving into hospitality management in 1998.
With a strong desire to explore the great outdoors where he enjoys climbing, cycling and being exposed to the elements, “preferably on a mountain side”, Mark has found a true home at Mövenpick - a company with culinary heritage and a headquarters in nature’s playground, Switzerland.
When Mark travels he is a very keen photographer, actively taking photographs that capture the place, its people and the culture whenever possible - you can check out his work and connect with him on Instagram @Mark_hotelier - but as a dedicated family man, he’s also just as happy at home, spending time with his family, which includes three young children.
Jürgen Fischer, Chairman, Dubai, UAEBen Cadwell, Dubai, UAESarmad Zok, Dubai, UAELuitpold von Finck, Bäch SZ, SwitzerlandDaniel Lynn, SingaporeGerd Peskes, Essen, Germany