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Hotel GMs get together

Profile Photo By: Steve Shellum
March 1, 2016

Hotel GMs get together

Honourable Order of International Hotel General Managers (HOIHGm) has officially launched from its first regional headquarters in Dubai, UAE. The international organisation – the world’s first and only initiative of its kind dedicated exclusively to the hotel general management community – is designed to raise the profile of hotel GMs, whilst providing a range of professional and personal membership benefits, such as portable healthcare and insurance options.

Membership is open to all hotel GMs, those who have previously served in the position, owner/operators, as well as retirees and aspiring young professionals on the career path to becoming a GM. HOIHGm was founded by Mr. Leon Larkin, an Australian national with over 40 years’ experience as a GM in some of the world’s leading hotels in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Major players from the hospitality industry include:
Richard Hartman – Non-Executive Director for Jumeirah Group, former CEO of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, former Board Director and MD of InterContinental Hotels Group, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Giovanni Angelini – Former CEO of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts and knighted by the Italian government.

Heikki Julin – Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors at Olympia Air Travel, Captain in the Finnish Defence Force.

Joseph A. McInerney – Emeritus President and CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Kees Hartzuiker – CEO, Roya International Dubai, former VP Asia, Hilton International.

Peter Thompson – Former Starwood Vice-President for Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand and former GM of the Royal Hawaiian Waikiki Beach, Sheraton On The Park and Four Points by Sheraton, Sydney.

Philip Carruthers – Former regional MD for Orient-Express Hotels and former MD of Copacabana Palace, Brazil.

Hans Olbertz – Board Member of Steigenberger Hotels, hospitality consultant, former GM of Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and a longstanding career with IHG.

Prue Leith CBE – Restaurateur, author, businesswoman, philanthropist, former board member of Belmond (formerly Orient-Express Hotels).

Ruth Hunt – Hotelier, entrepreneur, former proprietor of Combe House Devon, UK, soon to be The Pig at Combe.

Erhard Hotter – Industry veteran for over 40 years in Australia and Asia, Former Starwood VP and MD for South Asia.

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