Mövenpick expands management team

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has expanded its management team in the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions with the appointment of Marc Descrozaille to the position of Vice President, Operations, MEA, and the promotion of Gerard Hotelier to the role of Vice President, Operations, Asia.

Descrozaille joins from Carlson Rezidor where he was Area Vice President for the firm’s Africa & Indian Ocean operations. He has significant experience working in the Middle East, having also been employed as Regional Director, UAE, Egypt, Jordan and Oman for the group. He has also held key executive positions at several major hospitality companies including Hilton, Compass Group and London’s Claridge’s Hotel. Originally from France, he is a graduate of Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne where he received a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He also has an MBA from IMHI in Paris.

“I would like to welcome Marc, who is a highly-experienced hospitality professional, to our team,” says Olivier Chavy, President and CEO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Marc has significant regional and international expertise – a valued combination that will help take our operations in the MEA region to the next level.”

Hotelier, meanwhile, is a long-term executive who joined the company in 2003 as General Manager of the Mövenpick Hotel & Casino Geneva. In 2010 he was promoted to his current position as Vice President Operations Middle East, based in Dubai. He boasts more than three decades of industry experience having worked in roles for some of the world’s leading hospitality firms including Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts and InterContinental Hotels Group.

Raised in France, hotelier went on to study at Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland where he obtained a degree in Hotel Management before launching his international career in Canada in 1978.

“Gerard is a passionate hotelier whose unrivalled experience and enthusiasm for adds Chavy. “I have every confidence he will help us realise our ambitions in Asia, which is shaping up as one of our most important global markets.”

In their new roles, Descrozaille and Hotelier will oversee Mövenpick’s hotel operations in their respective regions, supporting new openings and rebrands, while guiding their teams in meeting commercial, financial and service quality targets. They will also provide leadership and support to the company’s team of general managers working at current and upcoming properties in MEA and Asia.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is currently pursuing rapid expansion across the globe. It currently operates 83 hotels and resorts, with plans to increase its portfolio to 125 properties by 2020.