Speakers

Speakers 2020

Davis Tim

Tim Davis

Managing Director of PACE Dimensions

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.

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TOM SEDDON

CEO-IN-RESIDENCE, FOUNDRY.AI

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 TOM SEDDON

Foundry.ai is a technology studio that creates AI software companies in partnership with the Global 2000. We focus 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.

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CAROLINE VAN BEESTEN

VICE PRESIDENT HOTEL TECHNOLOGY SERVICE, HILTON

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 CAROLINE VAN BEESTEN

Caroline van Beesten is Vice President Hotel Technology Services at Hilton. In her current role, she is responsible for the global Field Services team supporting technology in Hilton’s managed estate, the Property Technology Services team supporting wider deployment activities and regional projects as well as the Global Deployment team, responsible for implementing front of house technology in new openings and conversions across the world.

Mrs. van Beesten has nearly 30 years of experience with Hilton, and has been in Technology for over 10 years managing a multitude of applications in the Sales, Revenue Management and Property Management space. Mrs. van Beesten led the team that was responsible for globalising the proprietary property management system application, OnQ, from 2006 onwards and was involved in a number of projects within Sales, Revenue & Loyalty.

Prior to joining Hilton Technology, Mrs. van Beesten held a number of positions at the company, including Area Director of Revenue Management for Europe & Africa and a number of regional project roles across the business, as well as several positions at the company’s properties. Mrs. van Beesten began her career with Hilton as a Reservations Manager at the Hilton Rotterdam.

In addition to her time at Hilton, Mrs. van Beesten worked in Paris for Holiday Inn right after graduating from Hotelschool in the Hague, Netherlands.

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DUNCAN O'ROURKE

COO ACCOR CENTRAL EUROPE

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 DUNCAN O’ROURKE

In his role as COO for Accor Central Europe, Duncan O’Rourke is in charge of the DACH region with almost 460 hotels and 16 brands from economy to premium segment.

Before being appointed as Accor’s COO for Central Europe, he already served as COO Europe for the luxury segment, where he was responsible for the 140 luxury hotels.

The hospitality industry has been his passion for over twenty years. Previous to joining Accor at the end of 2016, Duncan O’Rourke was with Kempinski Hotels. As COO and part of the Management Board he oversaw the worldwide operations for one of the most prestigious luxury hospitality brands.

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MICHAEL STRUCK

FOUNDER & CEO RUBY HOTELS

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 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.

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DR. VOLKER KRAFT

MANAGING PARTNER, ECE REAL ESTATE PARTNERS

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 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.

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