A powerful network of alumni worldwide
Julie Bourgeois, SKEMA 2008
General manager, Peninsula Group, Hong Kong
“I am proud today to be leading a unique retail business within the most prestigious hospitality group worldwide, the Peninsula Group.
These two sectors complement each other perfectly and demand a high level of detail, innovation while leveraging on heritage and tradition.
SKEMA Business School opened many doors and contacts and I am still today relying on its network for business opportunities.”
Vanessa Muller, SKEMA 2003
Recruitment manager, Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris
“Luxury hotels is a sector in which whatever our function is, our actions are driven by passion for our profession.
Doing a master’s degree in hospitality management is a very good choice when moving to such a profession.
It’s also a rewarding sector of activity because of the career prospects if you have motivation, adaptability and endurance.”
Karim Soleilhavoup, SKEMA 1996
General director, Logis Hotels
“The teaching at SKEMA has been very useful in my various functions, as well as giving me real openness to the international world. First in market study with the creation of my first company, then in the hospitality industry where I have been now for more than 15 years.
The challenges in this sector are extraordinary and evolve every day with technology and customer expectations.
It is always a pleasure to share my experience in creating brands and running companies and to contribute to the influence of SKEMA and its graduates.”
Oum El Majd Loudghiri, SKEMA 1998
Deputy managing director in charge of finance, legal affairs and development at La Mamounia, Marrakech
“After a short time in investment banking, I joined La Mamounia several years ago, jewel of the international luxury hotel industry.
The luxury hotel business is a profession that requires combining talent with passion and commitment.
Only by being a good manager can you achieve excellence. This is what SKEMA brought me.”
Christophe Vallet, SKEMA 1996
Founder of the Authentic Hotels & Cruises hotel chain
“After my master’s degree, I started working in trading and funds and founded a mergers and acquisitions company.
Then I decided to join the family hotel in St Tropez and I created Authentic Hotels & Cruises in order to differentiate our business from the existing chains by offering an independent and international label.
Today it gathers more than 550 hotels and 50 cruises around the world.”
Olivier Petit, 1995 graduate, managing partner at In Extenso Tourisme Culture & Hôtellerie
"SKEMA’s combination of generalist and sectoral skills is a real asset – few master programmes are capable of providing this.
In the context of a booming global market, of which tourism is one of the most emblematic sectors, SKEMA has an important place to occupy.
I had the opportunity to benefit from SKEMA’s training and I continue to recruit its graduates with great success."
Aurélie Vermesse, SKEMA 1986
Entrepreneur, founder and president of the five-star Clarance Hotel Lille
“The luxury hotel sector is growing and diversifying all over the world. Our clients come to live an experience rather than to stay overnight in a hotel.
Our teams pay special attention to every detail and each client’s cultural specificities. These skills are essential, in addition to traditional hotel skills.
A strong educational background in luxury certainly is a factor for success in our sector.”