Managing Director AZIMUT Hotels Europe
Education: MBA in tourist management
Career: Walter C. Neumann has almost 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry in Russia and Europe. He joined AZIMUT Hotels from Rocco Forte Hotels where he was General Director for the Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria and Angleterre Hotel in St. Petersburg. Prior to that, he worked in Grand Hotel Europe; for 13 years he worked in Germany in senior management positions with Lindner Hotels, the Arabella Sheraton Group, and as Managing Director of the Travel Charme Hotels & Resorts chain.
Director of Operations AZIMUT Hotels Europe
After successful completion of her training in the hotel business, Michaela Fricke worked as a Receptionist and later as Front Office Manager in various hotels in Germany.
During the next 17 years she gained international experience, including Portugal and Grand Canary. As a hotel manager, she ran during that period several hotels of different star categories. In recent years she worked as Regional Director North, Hotel Manager and as COO for Arcadia Hotels and occupied the position of CEO Operation at last. She was responsible for more than 23 hotels with 300 employees. At AZIMUT Hotels she is responsible for 8 Hotels in Germany and Austria.
Director of Sales & Marketing AZIMUT Hotels Europe
Sven is responsible for the sales and marketing of all hotels in Europe. He began his career as a travel agent at Karstadt. In 1999 he joined the Grand Hotel Esplanade in the position of Sales Manager Travel Trade.
In 2000 he worked at car rental company Sixt. The next six years he was working in various sales positons up to director of BTA Sales. At National Car Rental, he was employed until 2007 and subsequently worked for Budget car rental as Head of Business Travel Industry until 2009. Prior joining AZIMUT Hotels Sven Lejeune was Director of Sales for up to 21 hotels at Grand City Hotels in Berlin.