Appointed General Manager
At Ultima Courchevel, France
As a French-Italian hotelier from the French Riviera of Nice, Thierry is married with two children. He has spent 27 years working for prestigious Le Méridien and Radisson Blu hospitality brands where he has forged remarkable experience in high-end hospitality in France and Italy. Originally, he discovered his passion for the industry when working at the reception of a private 4-star hotel in Nice to finance his studies. He has remained in the industry since then and has developed his sales and management skills during his first 11 years in Juan les Pins (France), Milan and Lake Garda (Italy). Following this, he took over General Management and Operations roles in hotels in Nice, Aix les Bains, Toulouse and Lyon. Before joining Ultima Collection, he managed the reopening of Tour Crayon in Lyon, an iconic hotel that had closed for three years for refurbishment, and the conversion of a prestigious 5-star hotel with a starred gastronomic restaurant in the Cour des Loges collection. Thierry is now joining Ultima Collection, bringing his exceptional experience in the opening and the management of luxury hotels and restaurants to finalise the building work, recruit and train the new team as well as launch Ultima Courchevel, the latest property in the collection in one of the most prestigious skiing destinations in the world.
As for his style and personality, Thierry thinks that "nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion", a quote from Friedrich Hegel that defines his state of mind and vision of the hospitality industry. His career was built over time thanks to opportunities coming up from his professional and human meets with other devoted hospitality professionals. On the managerial and personal development sides he states: "I consider myself as a mentor, I think that self-motivation and performance recognition are essential in every organisation and in particular in the hospitality sector". His motto is "my staff make the whole difference: they do not just deliver what's expected but also the unexpected". It shows how Thierry emphasises on human and personal dimensions in his management style, as well as his high expectations to offer exceptional service to the discerning clientele of Ultima Collection.
On a personal side, Thierry is fond of mountains and downhill skiing which he has been practising since his childhood in the Southern Alps when he used to live in the Nice region. He feels a natural bond to this region: "the specific affection I have for the Savoie region dates back to my adolescence when I started practising my passion for downhill skiing for the first time at Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil skiing area". He is also deeply inspired by the Aiguille du Midi peak facing the majestic and awe-inspiring Mont Blanc, a real source of meditation and inspiration for Thierry.