Mövenpick Hotels Taps Egon Zehnder for Next CEO

February 22, 2016 – Egon Zehnder has been retained by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) to lead its search for a chief executive officer. Jean-Gabriel Pérès has announced his intention to retire after 17 years of leadership. He will continue to serve as CEO until his successor assumes his responsibilities.

The incoming CEO will be expected to “drive value-accretive initiatives” which include the development of commercial activities and the delivery of system integration, enhanced distribution and active yield management, according to the hotel.

Mövenpick is an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members. It is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco).


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Egon Zehnder’s travel & hospitality practice is led by Christoph Wahl, based in Berlin. His expertise covers transportation, travel and hospitality and he counsels international clients in CEO recruitment and succession planning for a range of leadership roles, including CEO, COO, CCO, executive chairman, head of strategy & planning, and head of supply chain management.

Over the past five years the firm’s travel & hospitality practice has completed over 700 searches, working with clients on senior general management positions, as well as on specific mandates for key functional sector-specific leaders.

After taking a massive hit during the Great Recession, employment and hiring within the hotel and hospitality industry has begun to rebound. In the last year, according to one set of survey metrics, the industry added 527,000 jobs (2.6 million since 2004). That number is forecasted to increase this year, as global tourism and traveling in general are expected to rise.

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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