I am a 48 year old Dutch Hotelier with a vast managerial background on the General Manager & Project Director level (recent years mostly project management in Africa via HIM4Hotels). Specialised in and passionate about among others; (re) branding, (pre) opening & repositioning Hotels in developing and post war/conflict countries.
I have experience on 3 different continents (Europe, Caribbean and Africa/Middle East) working in both Business & Resorts Hotels, either chain affiliated (Le Meridien, Kempinski and Valk Hotels) or privately owned (Hotel Rwanda) and currently Managing a Business & Golf Hotel in Burundi, East Africa.
My previous employers and clients will testify, that I am a seasoned but foremost a pro-active Hotelier with a strong operational (project) background in hardship locations being responsible for (pre) opening, restructuring & repositioning of Hotels & Restaurants.
I would describe myself as; Entrepreneurial (more employer then employee), pro active, self starter, bottom line focused and revenue driven, creative, hands on with strong managerial skills in Finance, Sales & Marketing, Human Recourses with a passion for F&B.
I have the ability to adjust to new cultures and environments (able to communicate in 5 languages) within a short period of time, I have a good sense of humor; loyalty, honesty and a strong commitment are a few of my other strengths.
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