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Press Release 4 April 2011

EHL awards the title of Honorary Professor to Mr Stephen Rushmore, President of HVS International

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Mr Stephen Rushmore, President of the hospitality consulting group, HVS International, is regularly invited to give conferences at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) where he frequently teaches classes on Real Estate Financial Management and holds seminars on hotel valuation and hotel real estate assets. During his presence on the EHL campus on 29 March, Mr Stephen Rushmore was both surprised and delighted to be awarded the title of Honorary Professor at the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.


Mr Michel Rochat, General Director of EHL and Mr Fabien Fresnel, the Education and Research Director presented this award to Mr Rushmore. As well as being a renowned professor who teaches in some of the world's most prestigious universities, Mr Rushmore has had an illustrious and very exceptional career in hospitality consulting with one of the biggest global groups. HVS International offers financial consulting services, market research and much more – in as much as Stephen Rushmore defines himself as a "dream-maker", making those he shares with his clients come true. With a total of 30 offices, HVS International is present in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Stephen Rushmore has a passion for teaching which he does unstintingly all over the world, notably at Harvard University: "I love to teach, it is very satisfying. I would be a full time teacher if I didn't manage HVS. I learn a lot from the students; contact with them enriches me and they motivate me to always strive to do better to satisfy them. I particularly appreciate the level of intelligence of the EHL students, their curiosity, their high level of requirements and education, their open attitude to the world…" Mr Fresnel specially underlined Mr Rushmore's human qualities: "He knows how to be both a talented, outstanding businessman and a wonderful human being, which is something not everyone can attain. This is also what draws students to him: they appreciate his humbleness and availability."

Stephen Rushmore has had links to EHL for almost ten years now, and he is also a member of the International Advisory Board. He stated that he was honoured to be the recipient of such a prestigious title: "This is an honour which is not often awarded. I am one of the first! It is very pleasant to be recognised by an institution that is as prestigious as EHL". Stephen Rushmore is delighted to be able to come and teach more often at EHL in an academic environment that he appreciates enormously and in a city and country where he enjoys the atmosphere and the culinary specialities.

About HVS | HVS is the world’s leading consulting and services organization focused on the hotel, restaurant, shared ownership, gaming, and leisure industries. Established in 1980, the company performs more than 2,000 assignments per year for virtually every major industry participant. HVS principals are regarded as the leading professionals in their respective regions of the globe. We are client driven, entrepreneurial, and dedicated to providing the best advice and services in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Through a worldwide network of 30 offices staffed by 400 seasoned industry professionals, HVS provides an unparalleled range of complementary services for the hospitality industry. For further information regarding our expertise and specifics about our services, please visit

About EHL Group

EHL Group encompasses a portfolio of specialized business units that deliver hospitality management education and innovation worldwide. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Group includes:

EHL Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is an ambassador for traditional Swiss hospitality and has been a pioneer in hospitality education since 1893 with over 25,000 alumni worldwide and over 120 nationalities. EHL is the world's first hospitality management school that provides undergraduate and graduate programs at its campuses in Lausanne, Singapore and Chur-Passugg, as well as online learning solutions. EHL is ranked n°1 by QS World University Rankings by subject and CEOWorld Magazine, and its gastronomic restaurant is the world's only educational establishment to hold a Michelin Star.

EHL Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality has been one of the leading hospitality management colleges for hotel specialists for 50 years. The school delivers Swiss-accredited federal diplomas of vocational education and training and of higher education in its 19th century spa-hotel in Chur-Passugg, Graubünden, to Swiss and international students from 20 countries.

EHL Advisory Services is the largest Swiss hospitality advisory company specializing in service culture implementation, business consulting, as well as the development and quality assurance of learning centers. EHL Advisory Services has offices in Lausanne, Beijing, Shanghai and New Delhi and has delivered mandates in more than 60 countries over the past 40 years.

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