HITT Moderator & Facilitator
“I can’t think of a more appropriate forum of leaders to help uncover
the insights and identify the value for our industry”
About TIM DAVIS
TIM DAVIS, Managing Director of PACE Dimensions will moderate and facilitate the challenging topics HITT will discuss. Tim is well known for his industry insight in Travel, Hospitality and Transportation, as well as the latest developments in technology, media and the digital economy. In 2010 Tim founded his UK based research and management consulting firm; PACE Dimensions. PACE helps the leading travel & hospitality brands, travel technology firms and their investors to grow, outperform their sector and build competitive edge.
Pace Dimensions has conducted over 200 assignments. Much of their current assignment work is focused on; Improving the customer experience by redesigning the customer journey, improving digital marketing & distribution performance, prioritising and capturing the value from technology investments, and creating organisation and operating agility to stay ahead of change.
Prior to this Tim served on the management board of Hilton International for 9 years in charge of Commercial Development and Information Technology and has over 25 years’ experience leading the Marketing, Commercial and Technology functions for global businesses in Hospitality, Travel, and Technology, such as Hilton, Galileo International and Hughes Olivetti Telecom.
About TOM SEDDON
Tom Seddon, one of the global AI thought leaders today, started his career with the InterContinental Hotels Group in 1994. After 10 year in various roles he moved on to the Subway Franchisee Advertising Fund Trust Ltd. (SFAFT), a company providing restaurants services. But the hotel industry wouldn’t let him go, and Tom returned to IHG again, this time in his role as Chief Marketing Officer. Then he switched to the US hotel group Extended Stay America, likewise in the position of Chief Marketing Officer.
In 2016 Tom decided to take an unusual step: he stepped out of operation and studied information and data science at the University of California in Berkeley – discovering the importance of new digital era and leading him to the foundation of foundry.ai.
Foundry.ai is a technology studio that creates AI software companies in partnership with the Global 2000. The company focusses on practical applications of AI that drive immediate, measurable, and recurring improvements to business performance. Since 2015, Foundry.ai has built impactful software solutions focused on demand-based decision making, healthcare services optimization, procurement efficacy, go-to-market effectiveness, digital ad user engagement, and more. With fundamental AI infrastructure, ~ 100MM in capital, and former executives of large global enterprises in leadership, Foundry.ai is at the forefront of profitable AI deployment.
About DUNCAN O’ROURKE
After studying hotel management at César Ritz Colleges Switzerland and obtaining a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Reims Management School, Duncan O’Rourke held several executive positions in the food and hotel sector in Europe, the USA and the Middle East. From 2004, he served as General Manager at the Kempinski Hotel Thessaloniki Nikopolis, before taking charge of the pre-opening of two hotels in London. O’Rourke was then promoted to the position of Regional Director & General Manager of the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea in Jordan. In this position, he was responsible for ten pre-openings of Kempinski properties in the region. In 2008, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Kempinski Hotels and joined the Management Board at the same time.
Duncan O’Rourke joined Accor at the end of 2016, and as the COO Europe for the luxury segment, he has been responsible for the operational management of all of the 140 luxury hotels in the Europe region. In September 2018 he was promoted to COO Central Europe. In his capacity, he leads the teams in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Duncan O’Rourke was involved in the transformation process of the newly created Accor Region Central Europe, which now also comprises all business in Switzerland. The aim of the restructuring is to ensure even closer cooperation between the individual countries and a stronger focus on the new Accor business model, i.e. the transition towards the leading travel and lifestyle group in Europe. Under his leadership, Accor also announced in September 2018 that an agreement has been reached to acquire Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
About JAMIE COLE
Jamie Cole joined IHG in January 2019 as SVP, Global Channels, bringing over twenty years of experience working in the travel and hospitality sector, where he gained deep commercial and operational knowledge across digital innovation, product management, distribution, ecommerce and marketing.
He is responsible for maximizing IHG’s revenue delivery across all customer touchpoints, along with creating a more seamless experience. Jamie leads a global team responsible for all digital and voice channels, inclusive of the company’s CROs and the company’s third-party strategy.
Before joining IHG, Jamie was Group Vice President Digital & eCommerce for Mandarin Oriental, where he delivered transformational change across digital marketing and guest experience for the luxury brand. Prior to this, Jamie ran a boutique consulting business serving hospitality and travel clients and held leadership positions at Hilton Worldwide, Travelport Inc. and Travelocity.
He has also worked extensively across European, Asian and US markets and has hands-on experience working in large corporations and start-up companies alike.
About MICHAEL STRUCK
Michael Struck successfully established the hotel groups Kameha, Gold Inn and Dormero as an entrepreneur, as well as Cosmopolitan States, a real estate developer.
Before that, Michael was authorized signatory at the Schörghuber Holding and Managing Director of several corporations of the Schörghuber Company Group. Particularly, he was responsible for hotel development, real estate and the touristic business of the hotel division of the group (Arabella and ArabellaStarwood Hotels).
At the beginning of his career he worked for the Boston Consulting Group advising leading brands on marketing and distribution, and later managing restructurings, mergers and acquisitions. He completed his diploma in business studies and MBA at the University of St. Gallen (HSG), the London School of Economics (LSE) and the University of California Berkeley.
About JENS GMIAT
Jens Gmiat, has an extensive range of expertise in all fields of the hospitality industry. He is skilled in multi-site management, pre-opening, opening, re-branding, development of hotels.
Currently working as COO at Zoku based in Amsterdam. Zoku has invented a new category within the hotel industry with its home/office hybrids. Major focus at the moment is to make the group ready and scalable for the future expansion and their upcoming openings, starting by end of this year within various European destinations.
Before this, Jens worked as COO for Ruby Hotels and was significantly involved in the development and expansion of the hotel group with its unique ‘Lean Luxury’ concept.
Jens is very much experienced in openings and establishment of hotels and proofed this in the past in various GM positions while working for brands like Soho House, Arcotel Hotels or Sanderson London.
DR. VOLKER KRAFT
About DR. VOLKER KRAFT
Dr. Volker Kraft is Managing Partner of ECE Real Estate Partners. Together with its Luxembourg-based subsidiary, ECE Real Estate Partners has successfully invested institutional capital in shopping centres for more than ten years.
With a portfolio under management valued more than five billion Euros, ECE Real Estate Partners is Europe’s leading private equity real estate investment manager specialized in shopping centres. ECE Real Estate Partners is currently preparing the launch of its first pan-European hotel fund.
Prior to joining ECE in 2008, Volker Kraft was a Director of Allianz Capital Partners, a German private equity firm. From 2009-2015, Volker served on the Board of Directors of DDR Corp., a leading owner and operator of open-air shopping centres in the United States. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Aliansce Sonae Shopping Centers S.A., the largest developer and operator of shopping malls in Brazil.
About STEFAN LESER
Langham Hospitality Group hired Stefan Leser as CEO who started in the Hong Kong office in May 2018. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the travel and
hospitality industries, most recently at Jumeirah International where he was the
group chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors.
Prior to joining Jumeirah, he held senior roles for more than a decade at Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd., the leading Swiss travel services provider. Prior to joining Kuoni, Leser spent six years working in the information technology industry with Swissair and EDS Corporation.
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under The Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands, with more than 30 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East.
About Frank Trampert
Frank Trampert has been appointed MD & CCO EMEA & APAC, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, by Sabre Corporation in November 2019. He joined the company in 2017 and has led Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ Asia Pacific operations since then.
Prior to joining Sabre, Frank held senior hotel management positions including Wyndham Hotel Group in Hong Kong, Carlson Hotels, Brand Karma in Singapore and most recently as CEO of Tune Hotel Group in Malaysia.
Sabre Hospitality Solutions provides distribution, operations and marketing solutions to the hotel industry in more than 36,000 properties around the world. The integrated reservations systems, property management system, distribution and marketing services help hotels increase revenues, identify savings and improve customer service. Sabre also provides critical data analytics capabilities to help hospitality customers offer personalized and customized offerings.