President of the Board of Governors, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne
André Witschi became President of the Board of Governors of Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in March 2012, after having been a member for over ten years.
André Witschi is also President of the Board of Directors of the Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality (SSTH), member of the Board of Sausolitos Restaurants, and member of the Board of DEHOGA / IHA (German association of hoteliers and restaurateurs).
In 2008, he was appointed Chairman of the Executive Committee of Steigenberger Hotels AG, a position which he occupied until the group was sold in 2009.
Prior to that, he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of Accor Hôtellerie Deutschland GmbH, Germany's largest hotel group, which he joined in 1991 as Director of Ibis Germany. He was subsequently appointed General Director of Accor in Europe. In 1996, he won the prestigious Hotelier of the Year award in Germany.
He began his career with the Mövenpick group, where he was a regional manager of Cindy's restaurants and a project manager in the freeway restaurant business.
André Witschi is the son of a restaurateur and a graduate of the Juventus business school and the Zurich Hotel School. He also has two MBAs from the GSBA in Zürich and the State University of New York.