Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts appoints new Senior Vice President for Africa
11 February 2013 10:00 GMT
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the internal promotion of Alan O’Dea to the role of Senior Vice President for Africa.
He replaces Roger Kacou who has been appointed Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire.
Irish-born O’Dea, who will also become a member of the brand’s executive committee, will initially focus on consolidating Mövenpick’s business in North Africa in addition to exploring new hotel development opportunities across the continent.
“There is great potential for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in West and East Africa, particularly in countries such as Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal,” said O’Dea. “Our first hotel in Accra, Ghana, opened in 2011 and has proved to be hugely successful. I aim to build on this success in other African countries.”
In his previous role as Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Development for Mövenpick, O’Dea travelled extensively throughout Africa, playing a key role in the signing and opening of ten hotels and Nile cruisers across the continent.
“Alan is a talented young man who brings a wealth of experience to his new role. I am delighted to welcome him to the Executive Committee as Senior Vice President for Africa,” said Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
“As a company we have built a strong reputation for recognising and nurturing talent as well as promoting from within. Alan’s appointment illustrates this philosophy perfectly.”
O’Dea began his careerin the hotel industry in 1996 as a Front Office Manager after graduating from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Ireland with a BA Degree in Hotel and Catering Management.