The Board of Directors of the international Swiss hospitality company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MH&R) has appointed Olivier Chavy, 52, as new CEO. Olivier Chavy will take over the leadership from Jean-Gabriel Pérès in September 2016.
The new CEO Olivier Chavy is a veteran of the hospitality industry with a 28-year track record in hotel operations and brand management. “We are delighted to welcome Olivier to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts,” says Jürgen Fischer, Chairman of MH&R: “Olivier will continue to drive value for Mövenpick’s shareholders, hotel ownership partners, employees and guests alike. I am sure that Olivier will propel the company into the next chapter of growth, building on the impressive, existing development pipeline, which will allow us to grow Mövenpick’s network to more than 100 upscale, full-service hotels in the very near future.”
Olivier Chavy has a solid operating experience including hotel openings on three different continents. He served as International Head, Global Brand Performance of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for Hilton Worldwide. His experience in brand building and development in the hospitality industry has led him to his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilson Associates, the leading global interior architectural design firm.
The new CEO Olivier Chavy emphasizes: “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts and to be representing this venerable Swiss brand. In accepting this role, I look forward to driving the next phase of growth for the company with the support of the MH&R board, the expertise of the management team and the strong relationships with our business partners.”
Olivier Chavy received his Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University, a postgraduate diploma from ESSEC Business School and a BA in Hotel Management from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Hotel Management School in France. Olivier Chavy is a dual citizen of the United States and France. He is fluent in French, English and German.
Jean-Gabriel Pérès, whose departure was announced early in the year, will support the transition in leadership to Olivier Chavy.