OUR TEAM

We are delighted to say our team has tripled over the past two years. We have more than fifty nationalities in our team and between us we speak more than thirty different languages, which not only makes us an interesting bunch, but hugely culturally aware and inclusive. We are all avid explorers and between us have travelled to hundreds of countries around the globe. We’ve done some remarkable things, seen some breath-taking places and met some extraordinary people – yet we suspect the YOTEL journey is our most adventurous and pioneering one to date!

  • Hubert Viriot

    Chief Executive Officer

    Hubert Viriot

    Hubert Viriot

    Chief Executive Officer

    Hubert Viriot

    Chief Executive Officer

    Hubert Viriot joined YOTEL in May 2014 to roll out an aggressive growth strategy targeting key city centres and international airports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Prior to his appointment as the CEO of YOTEL, Hubert was CEO of Raimon Land PLC, a leading real estate developer listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). During his four-year tenure in Thailand, Hubert orchestrated the successful turnaround of Raimon Land and increased the company’s development portfolio from USD200M to USD1.1Bn. Raimon Land's stock was one of the top 5 performing stocks on the SET and incorporated in the SET 100 Index.Previously, Hubert spent four years as Vice President of Investments & Acquisitions with IFA Hotels & Resorts, YOTEL’s parent company, and five years with HVS, a global consulting firm focused on the hospitality, tourism and real estate industries. Hubert has a BS degree in International Management from the University of Wales and a BS degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the Glion Hotel School in Switzerland.

  • Andy Fish

    Chief Financial Officer

    Andy Fish

    Andy Fish

    Chief Financial Officer

    Andy Fish

    Chief Financial Officer

    Andy holds responsibility for YOTEL’s global corporate finance and IT with a proven track record in real estate and hospitality, notably in a private equity context.  Andy joined YOTEL from Westmont Hospitality Group where as the CFO, he was responsible for Europe from a financial perspective. He has worked in all European jurisdictions with extended exposure in Asia. Andy brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with previous experience from global businesses like Inter-Continental Hotels, Six Continents, Marks & Spencer and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation.

  • Alan Hutchinson

    VP Technical Services

    Alan Hutchinson

    Alan Hutchinson

    VP Technical Services

    Alan Hutchinson

    VP Technical Services

    Alan brings over ten years of experience in the end to end development of new build and renovation projects with several hotel brands across the globe. In conjunction with the YOTEL design teams, Alan oversees the construction and renovation of new YOTEL properties and acts as the lead contact on all YOTEL D&C projects. Prior to joining YOTEL, Alan headed up project teams at Ennismore, overseeing several key and challenging hotel projects. Before Ennismore, Alan was Director of Capital Projects for Hilton Worldwide with responsibility for planning, progression and execution of all owned and leased hotel projects.

  • Duncan Swanson

    VP People

    Duncan Swanston

    Duncan Swanson

    VP People

    Duncan Swanson

    VP People

    Duncan has over twenty years' HR experience in the hospitality sector. He is responsible for YOTEL people, attracting and retaining the best talent and building a culture of engagement, agility and innovation to support the rapid global expansion of the business. Duncan brings with him a wealth of experience from Soho House, Savoy and Inter Continental. He also sits on several industry related committees and boards and is passionate about mentoring students and offering support and advice to universities and colleges.

  • Vanessa Neal

    VP Sales

    Vanessa Neal

    Vanessa Neal

    VP Sales

    Vanessa Neal

    VP Sales

    Vanessa is responsible for leading the Sales efforts and shaping the Sales strategy, with a core focus on developing global relationships and partnerships. Vanessa has an extensive background in global sales spanning the hospitality, IT and car rental industries. Prior to joining YOTEL, Vanessa held strategic roles for Kerzner (Atlantis, One&Only and Mazagan brands) as Commercial Director Global Sales, directing the Sales efforts across all regional Sales offices and latterly as Director of Special Projects & Business Development, focusing on Sales, Marketing and PR critical paths for new openings and rebranded resorts. Most recently, Vanessa worked for Emaar Hospitality Group (The Address, Vida and Rove brands) to create their first regional sales office and establish their three hotel brands across the UK/Ireland, which included the launch of their midscale Rove brand, a first for the Middle East market.

  • Joe Pettigrew

    VP Digital and Revenue Management Strategy

    Joe Pettigrew

    Joe Pettigrew

    VP Digital and Revenue Management Strategy

    Joe Pettigrew

    VP Digital and Revenue Management Strategy

    Joe is responsible for YOTEL's global strategy on revenue, distribution, e-commerce, and digital marketing. He also serves as a Director of Revenue Maximisation at Starwood Capital Group, where he is responsible for the commercial strategy of all hotels in Europe and Asia, which include a collection of both globally and independently branded hotels. Joe brings over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having held various leadership positions at some of the most celebrated companies, such as The Principal Hotel Company, The Palms Casino & Resorts, and Expedia, where he completed key initiatives, such as the launch of multiple award-winning websites, a new loyalty scheme, and a CRM. Joe is also an active member of the industry, serving on a steering committee of European Hotel Forum and frequently contributing to industry studies and events.

  • Dipesh Joshi

    VP IT Innovation

    Dipesh Joshi

    Dipesh Joshi

    VP IT INNOVATION

    Dipesh Joshi

    VP IT INNOVATION

    As YOTEL VP IT Innovation, Dipesh has twenty years’ experience in Information and Communications Technology. His strategic approach has led to IT solutions and business process change via emerging technologies. He has held senior IT roles with Principle Hotel Company where he was appointed CIO in 2014.  Prior to that Dipesh worked with Millennium Hotels and Resorts, GLH Hotels and has been the Head of IT for British Airways for over nine years. Dipesh is responsible for the overall IT strategy, technical design, systems and infrastructure delivery, ongoing development and innovation, support and security of YOTEL's IT systems.

  • Sven Goosen

    SVP Operations and Special Projects

    Sven Goosen

    Sven Goosen

    SVP Operations and Special Projects

    Sven Goosen

    SVP Operations and Special Projects

    Sven has over twenty years’ experience in the hospitality sector. He is responsible for the operations of all existing and future YOTEL, YOTELAIR and YOTELPAD hotels across EMEA. Sven brings with him a wealth of experience having held numerous senior hospitality positions covering general management at a multi-unit regional level as well as individual hotel properties, project management and a strong focus on hotel real estate development and asset management. Prior to his appointment with YOTEL, Sven held strategic positions with Hilton Hotels and Resorts in Russia and UK as well as heading up Asset Management for two established and reputable London based private investment groups with both pan-European investments as well as global hotel portfolios. Sven has a BCom degree in Hotel & Tourism Management and a BCom (Hons) degree in Marketing & International Communications Management both from the University of Pretoria (South Africa) as well as an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool.

  • Andrew Lee

    VP Operations Asia and Middle East

    Andrew Lee

    Andrew Lee

    VP Operations Asia and Middle East

    Andrew Lee

    VP Operations Asia and Middle East

    Andrew joined the YOTEL group as Vice President of Operations Asia and Middle East. Previously with the Plaza Premium Group in Hong Kong, he was responsible for all Plaza Premium Group Lounges in Macau and Australia as well as the brand execution of both managed and licensed Aerotel properties globally. Andrew is a talented veteran of the industry bringing over 20 years of international hotel and hospitality experience through new and exciting brand defining service concepts and products.

  • Barbara Lopez

    VP Operations North America

    Barbara Lopez

    Barbara Lopez

    VP Operations North America

    Barbara Lopez

    VP Operations North America

    Barbara joined YOTEL in 2018 as Vice President of Operations for North America where she is responsible for supporting all existing hotel properties as well as delivering all new openings within the territory. Barbara joined YOTEL from Eaton Hotels where she was VP of Operations responsible for the development, launch and execution of the brand from its inception, opening its first two hotels in Washington DC and Hong Kong, whilst working to develop additional properties in San Francisco and Seattle.  Barbara brings a wealth of global hotel experience to the table having previously worked at Thompson Hotels, Commune Hotels, Sixty Hotels and InterContinental Hotels in various locations around the globe.

  • Jason Hsiang

    SVP Development North America

    Jason Hsiang

    Jason Hsiang

    SVP Development North America

    Jason Hsiang

    SVP Development North America

    Jason Hsiang is responsible for overseeing the development efforts for all YOTEL brands across North America. Jason most recently served as Senior Vice President of Hospitality at Thor Equities where he was responsible for all hospitality activities. Prior to that, he held senior development roles at SIXTY/ Commune Hotels and Morgans Hotel Group along with real estate acquisition positions at Northstar Capital and Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors. Over his career, Jason has acquired and invested over USD1.5Bn of hotel assets throughout North America and Europe and was responsible for successfully growing several hotel companies into full scale internationally recognised brands. 

    Contact: [email protected] | Call: +1 646 449 7704 | Connect: LinkedIn

  • Rohan Thakkar

    SVP Development EMEA

    Rohan Thakkar

    Rohan Thakkar

    SVP Development EMEA

    Rohan Thakkar

    SVP Development EMEA

    Rohan is responsible for overseeing the development efforts for all YOTEL brands across EMEA. Rohan joined YOTEL from Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he spent four years on the Real Estate Investment Management team responsible for the corporate owned assets. Over his time with Starwood, Rohan worked towards transacting over USD700M in asset sales to support the overall ‘asset light’ brand strategy. In addition to asset sales, Rohan worked on the asset management and renovation planning of existing properties across all brands in the North America portfolio.

    Contact: [email protected] | Call: +44 (0) 7408 850 176 | Connect: LinkedIn

     

     

  • Nikhil Manchharam

    MD Development APAC

    Nikhil Manchharam

    Nikhil Manchharam

    MD Development APAC

    Nikhil Manchharam

    MD Development APAC

    Nik is responsible for overseeing the development efforts for all YOTEL brands across APAC. Following a range of consulting assignments with Jones Lang LaSalle in Sydney and HVS in London and Singapore, Nik has spent the bulk of his career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts where his last role was VP, Development & Investments/Asset Management APAC. Previously Nik spearheaded Starwood’s development and acquisition activities for South Asia, where he increased the company’s footprint from twenty hotels in 2006 to 85 hotels in 2014. During his tenure at Starwood, Nik received the Luxury Development of the Year award for signing the St Regis Mumbai in 2015 and the Deal of the Year award for signing Le Meridien Singapore in 2016.

    Contact: [email protected] | Call: +65 9150 1277 | Connect: LinkedIn 

  • Sahrette Saayman

    Director Public Relations

    Sahrette Saayman

    Sahrette Saayman

    Director Public Relations

    Sahrette Saayman

    Director Public Relations

    Sahrette joined YOTEL in 2016 as Director of Public Relations taking on responsibility for the implementation of a global communications strategy including all internal and external, social media and crisis communications. Sahrette comes with over 20 years’ experience working in multi-cultural, international leisure and entertainment environments, where she utilised her relationships with both stakeholders and the media, to align communications with the overall business objectives. Sahrette joined YOTEL from the Merlin Entertainments Group, Europe’s leading and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator with 127 attractions and 26 hotels in 27 countries.