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          N° 13                      

                           Mar- June 2010

Brussels Get-Together, March  29th, 2010 
Brussels 29 Mar 2010
Thanks to the initiative of Nicolas Meylan H86 (center)  the first Brussels get-together of the year took place in Brussels on October 22nd at the Radisson BLU Royal.  We would like to thank Nicolas for hosting the event again in his Radisson Blu EU hotel. A few other  get-togethers are planned in Brussels in 2010.  These get-togethers are as always great opportunities for alumni, students and other professionals to meet and network in a relaxed ambiance.
General Assembly June 17th, 2010 Paris 

The 2010-2011 board
Charles Lüthi H83, President, Claire Tagand Battard H94, Secretary, Francis Rollin H83, Treasurer
Isabelle Arnaud H96, Eric Vincent H89, Marc Descrozaille H00, Stéphane Klein H85

Stéphane Klein H85 (first from the left) newly elected to the board was the CEO of Starbucks Coffee France and was responsible for launching Starbucks in France in 2004. He went on to open 35 branches (with an additional  8 signed) before he left three years later. Today heads his own company "Evandre" and he is also currently involved with the group of the world-renowned chef, Alain Ducasse, developping a completely new concept of restaurant.

Board aaimhi 2010-2011
from left to right: Stéphane Klein owner Evandre, Eric Vincent COO groupe Flo,  Isabelle Arnaud Talents Firts,Charles Lüthi President AAIMHI, Isabelle Arnaud Talents Firts, Francis Rollin Treasurer AAIMHI,

The honorary Présidents
Nicolas Meylan H86 newly elected*
GM Radisson Blu Royal Brussels  elected 2010
Eric Vincent H89, COO Groupe Flo, France
Olivier Chavy H88, Regional Head life style / luxury brands Asia/Europe/Middle East and Africa
at Hilton Worldwide, Miami USA
Dimitri Zarikos H83, GM & Reg. Dir Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Toronto, Canada
Marc Descrozaille H00, Sr. Director brand performance Hilton EMEA, Dubai
Thierry Guillot H92, GM Grand Hyatt São Paulo, Brésil

Nicolas MeylanNicolas Meylan H86 has been the GM of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels Belgium since January 2010. He previously held the position of GM for 5 years and handled the opening of the Radisson SAS Hotel E.U. in Brussels. He was also the GM of the Crowne Plaza Brussels Europe  (Intercontinental Hotel till June 2002) - IHG Group for 5 years. From 1997 to 2000 he was the Hotel Manager of the Inter-Continental Hyde Park Corner Hotel - IHG Group in London. He started his career in Food and Beverage in various companies such as Inter-Continental - IHG Group Paris, France, as  Regional F& B Manager France/Switzerland, the Grand Hotel Inter-Continental as Executive Assistant Manager in charge of F& B. Prior to that he held positions with Meridien USA in  Boston as F& B Manager, in San Diego as Assistant to the F& B Manager, in New Orleans, as Restaurant Manager  Restaurant Henri and in Houston, as Restaurant Manager of the Restaurant de France.
Nicolas has been organizing our alumni get-togethers in Brussels twice a year for the past three years.
Cairo, Get-Together December, 2009 
Cairo GTG 2009

During a get-together au Marriott Palace Hotel in Cairo,on December 23rd 2009, Pierre Daban E64 (center) president of ESSEC international briefed the participants about the new ESSEC projects and asked for greater collaboration with the Alumni of l'Ecole Centrale to enhance the relations of the small Community of ESSEC in Cairo.
Ismail KHEDER H83 (left), MCI GROUP, International Consultants 63b street no 4, Mukattam-Cairo- Egypt tel:0127734662 mail:
Paris Get-Together, April 15th, 2010 
Banner alumni srThe Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris has now been hosting the IMHI alumni monthly get-togethers for 5 consecutive years. It all started with GM Olivier Chavy H88, now Regional Head life style / luxury brands Asia/Europe/Middle East and Africa at Hilton Worldwide, followed by GM Serge Ethuin now heading the Cavalieri - Waldorf Astoria Collection in Rome and for the past two years GM Geraldine Dobey who with the DO Stéphane Mercier continue to host our traditional and monthly Paris events every third thursday of the month from September to June.
Dubai Get-Together, May 4th, 2010 
Dubai May 4 2010 Group

The last Get Together in Dubai took place on the terrace of the Media One hotel in April and attracted more than 30 alumni and friends. Many attendees were visiting Dubai for the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference and the Arabian Travel Market. It is always a pleasure to see former classmates joining us and making these events so successful. Our next Get Together will take place before Ramadan and will be organised in partnership with the ESSEC Alumni group of Dubai. "Hope to see you there". Jerome Briet H07 Dubai Get-Together coordinator.

Briet Jerome Prior to IMHI, Jerome Briet spent multiple years in the hotel industry in Paris and New York, where he gained significant experience in the hospitality sector. After graduating from IMHI in 2007, he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels in Paris, where he conducted single-asset and portfolio valuations for major European hotel owners, as well as investment sales in France. Jerome is now a Manager within the Investments team of Jones Lang LaSalle MENA. He has conducted financial analyses for multiple asset classes in the region, amounting to over AED 10 Billion, and has actively participated in transactions for over AED 1 Billion.
Geneva  Get-Together, April  22rd, 2010 
Geneva GTG 22 avril 2010We would like to thank Carine Ehret H05 for organizing an excellent reunion of IMHI Alumni in Geneva. The event was hosted at the Grand Hotel Kempinsky thanks to Mike Haemmerli H00.  We would also like to thank all those in the region for attending this now traditional get-together. The next one will perhaps be held in Lausanne.
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Launch of the new ESSEC logo and website May 6th, 2010

Please check out the new websites: IMHI  and AAIMHI
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Madrid January 21st, 2010 
Madrid Jan 21 2010Thanks to Pablo Gistau H01 and his many alumni IMHI friends in Spain, our annual get-together continues to flourish during the FITUR trade show. Let's meet again next year.

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AAIMHI membership and database management                        

Jessica Roussel

Jessica Roussel is 25 years old. She has an undergraduate degree  and is a trilingual administrative assistant at IMHI. Prior to IMHI, she worked 3 years at the housing department at Essec (Alegessec). She joined IMHI on the 4th of January and she is now working in collaboration with Charles Luthi. She has replaced Muriel Delhoume and handles AAIMHI membership and updates the alumni database. She can be contacted at 01 34 43 31 74, at

Industry Leaders Conferences                                  

Julie Sullivan
As of September 2010 Julie Sullivan H11 will become the coordinator of the Industry Leaders Conferences 2010-2011 working in close collaboration
with Charles Luthi H83. Julie is a 26 year old American student in her second year of the MBA program in International Hospitality Management (IMHI). Prior to that, she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting from Bentley University in Boston, MA in 2006.  She will also serve as one of Bob Kastner's Teaching Assistants for Financial Accounting this trimester.  
Upcoming Events                                 

Paris Get-Togethers   bandeau alumni

Date: Thur. Sep 16th
Time: 7:00 pm onwards
Venue: Purple Bar
Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris
51-57, rue de Courcelles 75 008
Metro: Courcelles, Line 2
No RSVP required

We have been fortunate to enjoy the warm, friendly atmosphere of the Purple Bar, Hilton Arc de Triomphe, since 2005, thanks to the generosity of the General Manager, Geraldine Dobey.

Alumni of IMHI, ESSEC and Cornell are welcome to meet with other alumni, current students, staff and professors. Please feel free to bring along a friend - or two!
These get-togethers are great opportunities for alumni, students and other professionals to meet in a relaxed ambiance. Our alumni association holds similar events throughout the world: in London, Berlin, New York City, Brussels, Madrid, Geneva, Lausanne, Dubai, Cannes and Marseille.
As always, these meetings are informal. So, come and sip a Long Purple cocktail beneath the gilded and tasseled chandeliers of this popular Paris landmark. Come and meet with old friends and enjoy making new ones. No booking or prepayment is required. All food and beverages are payable on the premises at a special discounted rate.
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January  2010
Sébastien Mariette H01 has been appointed Opening General Manager for the Kempinski Hotel Huizhou after two years as Executive Assistant Manager for the Djibouti Palace Kempinski.
Huizhou is a Chinese Secondary City of 4.5 million inhabitants. Also known as the "City of Swan", Huizhou is close to Shenzhen, Hong Kong and is one of the fastest developing cities in China.
March 2010
Laurent Michaud H01 has taken over as Managing Director of Micros Fidelio France. Laurent, 44, is in charge of a team of 110 people working on more than 3500 IT  systems  in France.He joined MICROS Systems, Inc. In 2001 and held several managerial positions at the regional headquarter in Neuss, Germany. In 2008 he was named EAME Major Accounts Director.

Olivier Chavy H88. Veteran of the hospitality industry, Olivier brings a wealth of experience in many different arenas, to his new role as Regional Head, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands for Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Hilton worldwide. In his more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, Oliver has served as Managing Director and General Manager of some of the world's finest properties, including the five-star Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa and the five-star Hilton Arc de Triomphe Paris. He has been a part of the Hilton Worldwide enterprise since 2000, and since 2006, he has served first as Senior Vice President, Resort Operations, and in his most recent role as Area Vice President, Hotel Operations, for Hilton Worldwide and Hilton Grand Vacations Liaison. His background in developing and maintaining the overall strategy and development of a brand will be invaluable as we seek to increase the reach and strength of the Luxury and Lifestyle Brands.   Olivier received an MBA from IMHI Cornell-ESSEC in 1988 and a BA from St. Quentin en Yvelines in 1983. Olivier will oversee brand performance support for our international properties, providing guidance in hotel strategy and revenue management to maximize profitability and occupancy. He will work with our Directors of Brand Performance Support to ensure each of our international hotels have the tools and support they need to be successful. Reporting to Olivier will be Michael Miele, Director Brand Performance Support, as well as additional Brand Performance Support personnel, which we are actively searching for in order to round out our team. Olivier will work directly with his counterpart in the Americas, Rick McCue, to ensure a seamless global vision for our brands.
April 2010
Pascal Bichon H99 has joined Capital Hospitality Group ( as Property Director.His new responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating investment opportunities and managing all ongoing property related matters. Capital Hospitality Group is a private investment fund focused on international hotels. With roots dating back to 2001 and based in the Netherlands, the Group's current interests are in hotels across Europe, Asia and North America.
Prior to joining Capital Hospitality Group Pascal Bichon was Associate Director with HVS Hodges Ward Elliott. He joined HVS International in July 2001 to perform hotel valuations and feasibility studies across Europe. Since 2002, Pascal had focused on brokerage and financing assignments.
Leonardo Stassi H08  is Senior  Analyst, Feasibility & Investment Analysis Hilton  Worldwide since April 2010.  Prior to joining Hilton Leonardo was Hospitality Analyst for Orco property in Czech Republic.

Thierry Guillot H92, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Charles de Gaulle has been appointed General Manager for the Grand Hyatt Sao Paulo, Brazil.

May 2010
Gilberto Mayen H06, General Manager Of Crowne Plaza Shenyang Parkiew, China, Gilberto has been appointed General Manager at InterContinenal Huizhou Resort, China.
The resort is located less than a 2-hour-drive from Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and also near to Hong Kong and Macao.

June 2010
Maud Richard H04 was previously working as Project Manager for Yann Caillère (Chief Operating Officer, Accor Hospitality Europe, Middle East and Africa & Chief Executive Officer, Sofitel worldwide. She is now in charge of Hotel Design and Construction worldwide and will be pre-opening Hotels Project Manager Sofitel Middle-East & Africa based in Dubai.

Sebastien Vassort (H06)
has been appointed Strategic Project Coordinator at (VSC). Before joining (VSC), Sebastien Vassort worked at Concorde Hotels & Resorts (Starwood Capital - Louvre Hotels) where he was responsible for e-Commerce Strategy & Development and Special Projects Management.

IMHI alumni entrepreneurship

Jérôme Forget H09, young entrepreneur in green tourism:
Through his company "Guest & Strategy", Jerôme is helping B&Bs' owners to be more profitable in a very competitive French market. In this niche, Guest & Strategy adopts a unique positioning by providing consultancy services and communication solutions to B&Bs' owners.
After few months of activity, Jérôme has managed to get his first clients and is looking to expand his innovative business. More information: Tel: +33(0)1 34 94 35 90 Cell: +33(0)6 78 86 19 94
Email: Website: 

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Human Resources Roundtable 4th edition  ESSEC-IMHI

With special guest Prof Stefan Gröschl PHD,  ESSEC-IMHI, (see biography ),
the roundtable will take place on November 25th at the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm with HR directors from the French Hospitality , Restaurant and Luxury industry. Please contact  Charles Luthi should you decide to attend or for further information.

Diversity Management:  From looking good to performing well?
by Prof Stefan Gröschl PHD,  ESSEC-IMHI  

When discussing approaches to managing increasingly diverse workforces the focus has mostly been on the U.S. and to some extent on other parts of the Anglo Saxon world (e.g. Canada, UK).  While there have been 'growing and expansive investments'  in the US to successfully manage the challenges and opportunities of increasingly diverse workforces, in Europe 'the business case for investing in workforce diversity remains embryonic' .  
One could argue that businesses operating in Continental Europe just do not face increasingly diverse labor markets and workforces.  Yet a look at the demographic developments and long-term forecasts provide a different and in some cases (e.g aging populations) even more perturbing picture than which we know from the U.S.  Considering the European Union's continuous appeals and promotions for more workforce diversity initiatives - what are companies in Continental Europe doing about managing this rapidly increasing workforce diversity?  Much of the action can be summarized in signing diversity charters, promoting goodwill intentions in company mission statements, developing zero tolerance policies, aligning company policies with anti-discriminatory laws and directives, investing in the recruitment of scattered disadvantaged / minority groups and offering employee awareness training.  
And in France?  What are companies doing about managing their increasingly diverse workforces?  And more importantly why?  Is it about looking good or is it about performing well?  This HR round table will ask some critical and uncomfortable questions to explore in greater depth where companies in France are heading towards when it comes to successfully dealing with diversity and its manifold aspects.

The New York Times (2006). Leadership in diversity, A special advertising supplememtn to the New York Time Magazine, September 24
European Commission (2003). The costs and benefits of diversity, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Unit D.3

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Hilton their long time support and for hosting our monthly alumni get-together, other reunions and meetings at the Hilton Arc de Triomphe. The RezidorHotel group for hosting our brussels get-together in their Radisson BLU EU.  More recently Le Meridien Etoile and Concorde Lafayette for hosting our Industry Leaders Conferences and also Muse en Scene for filming and producing the interviews of our Industry Leaders Conference speakers. The Goupe Flo for hosting our board meetings.

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