Former Corporate Director of Hotel Operations at Caesars Entertainment
In his most recent role, Xavier Etcheberrigaray was the Corporate Director of Hotel Operations at Caesars Entertainment, based in Las Vegas. In this role, he was responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of hospitality related initiatives for Caesars’ Brands in the Americas, including Caesars Palace, Paris, Flamingo, and Harrah’s properties. Prior to joining Caesars, Xavier spent the last decade working overseas, for both Rixos and Kempinski Hotels. As the Corporate Director of Strategy and Development at Rixos, he oversaw the company's strategic, long-term goal planning function and development pipeline for luxury resorts in emerging markets. At Kempinski, Xavier was the Regional Operations Manager for Europe, based in Geneva and later in Dubai. There, he worked with property leaders to maximize performance for iconic hotels and celebrated restaurants, including the Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi, Ciragan Palace Istanbul, and Adlon Berlin. He also spearheaded a special pre-opening taskforce team for Kempinski’s most challenging destinations, namely Equatorial Guinea in Africa. Xavier embarked on his career as a Management Trainee with InterContinental Hotels, working as a Food & Beverage MT in Miami and subsequently a Sales & Marketing MT in Atlanta, before assuming roles of increasing responsibility outside the company. He later pursued an MBA in hospitality from Glion in Switzerland. Xavier is also a graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Political Science. Due to his travels, Xavier is a polyglot and serious foodie, speaking French, Spanish, some Portuguese, and English, and enjoying the food from those countries in that exact same order.