EMBA Alumni Spotlight
|I was searching for a way to reposition myself within the hospitality industry after working onboard luxury expedition ships for National Geographic. The Master programme at EHL has given me the ability to make a graceful leap from ship to shore with the confidence to start my own company as a hospitality consultant.|
Vice President Asset Management, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts
In my pre-EHL life I obtained a law degree and a master of law in taxation. I practiced law and eventually ran a banking department in a law office, and spent my days in court. I had a great wife, a great flat, a car, and a dog. Some would also say that I had great prospects. In other words, I was ready to be doomed.
The service culture of the legal profession and that of the international hospitality industry and EHL could not be further apart. To me, changing my career to hospitality seemed like crossing the ocean, and a complete step out of my comfort zone. Albeit uncomfortable at first, I soon found myself enjoying a roller coaster of a learning curve. What a ride it was.
|“I could have written here all the general clichés on why I joined EHL. The truth is that I joined to get a key to another world, a new and fascinating business platform called hospitality.”|
Project Manager, Hyatt International Europe
Africa and Middle East, LLC
Becoming an architect has always been my dream. Coming from a hotel family allowed me to appreciate just how influential the architecture of a space is to a guest’s experience. It also allowed me to experience first hand the dedication and passion needed to work in hospitality and the rewards that customer satisfaction can bring.
With these two influences on my early life it is not surprising that I chose to work in hospitality. Studying in detail the business skills and managerial knowledge necessary for the hospitality industry was integral to my personal development and allowed me to complement my prior training as an architect. EHL Master’s programme was the gateway to my career in Hyatt International and for this I will always be grateful to EHL.
|“Ever since I was a child growing up in Italy, I have been fascinated by the magnificence of the buildings. They combine both beauty and functionality, two themes that are central to my work within the hospitality industry.”|