Chairman of Board of Directors AZIMUT Hotels
Educations: Moscow State University, Geographical faculty, the University of Oregon (USA).
Career: Worked as the scientific employee in scientific research institute of Labor of the State committee of labor and social problems. Studied sociology in Russia and USA. The author of scientific works and publications on ethnic systems. After returning from the USA was appointed as the head of «MIR» corporation, worked in a number of the companies in sphere of management as the finance executive. Since 2003 invests in Hotel business. The founder of non-commercial Fund of support of social researches «Hamovniki».
Member of the Board of Directors AZIMUT Hotels
Educations: МПГУ им. Ленина и РУДН им. Патриса Лумумбы
Career: With 20 years experience in various business development and investment analysis positions Mr Romanov’s involvement in commercial real-estate sector dates back to 2001, when he became Head of Research with a major Moscow-based real-estate investment company. Since 2003 Mr Romanov has been actively involved in a wide range of commercial real estate projects. The first hotel investment was made in late 2003. This acquisition gave start to creation of the AZIMUT Hotels Company – now Russia’s largest domestically owned hotel chain. Mr Romanov has been serving on the Board of Directors of AZIMUT Hotels Company since its incorporation.
CEO AZIMUT Hotels
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.
Chief Financial Officer AZIMUT Hotels
Educations: in 2001 he graduated from Moscow State Linguistic University with a degree in World Economy and in 2004 he graduated from Higher School of Economics with a degree in Law.
Career: Alexey started his professional career in 2001 in the company “Deloitte & Touche” as expert of audit department and thereafter worked as Financial controller in company “A1”, as Financial director in “Alfa Capital Partners” and as Head of department of cooperation with holding companies in RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund). Since the 6th of October 2015 Alexey has joined AZIMUT Hotels Head Quarter as Chief Financial Officer AZIMUT Hotels.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels: Alexey is responsible for strategic planning of Company’s operation within Russian and European perimeter and general management of financial block.
Professionally works in the field of security since 2002. During this time got big practical experience in government bodies, private Russian companies, joint Russian-Swedish enterprise in the context of support in starting major projects of foreign investors in Russia.
Director of rental business
Educations: Russian State University for the Humanities, faculty of history, political science and law with a degree in “public relations”.
Career: From 2005 to 2009 Ilya worked in PR sphere.Since 2009 Ilya has been working in the sphere of commercial real estate. He worked as key account adviser in the commercial real estate agencies Bluestone and Penny Lane Realty. During this period he closed more than 40 deals in sphere of rent and sale of retail and office areas. In period from 2012 to 2016 Ilya worked on the position of Head of sales group in investment and development company Imagine (since 2014 under brand Glincom). Within 4 years the department of Ilya managed to realize more than 300 deals of purchase and sale of retail areas in 10 projects of the company in Moscow at the general budget of more than $130 million.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels: management of rent operation
Education: Moscow State Linguistic University. Faculty of the Humanities and Applied Sciences
Career: since 2000 Anna has worked for Russian Fitness Group as the Head of franchising department and regional development of brands World Class, World Class Lite and FizKult. Joined AZIMUT Hotels in May 2015.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels: development of the chain in terms of management and franchising.
Educations: Moscow University of Civil Engineering faculty of hydrotechnical and special engineering, Project Management Professional (PMP) project management institute (PMI)
Career: Works in construction since 2001 including commercial real estate area since 2007, worked in the international engineering companies ESGEM WWC, Mott MacDonald and AECOM as the head of construction projects, successfully completed real estate projects for Royal Dutch Shell, Coca-Cola, Salym Petroleum Development, Bearing Point, KPMG, Ghelamco, AIG Lincoln. In the industry of hospitality before joining AZIMUT Hotels Company participated in renovation of the Sheraton Palace Hotel projects in Moscow.
Education: State university of management, faculty of Tourism and the development of the Hotel industry
Career: In 2003 Natalya began her career in the hospitality industry in the operation in “Korston Hotel & Casino 4 *” Chain, took part in opening of "Swissotel Krasnye Holmi 5 *" hotel, having left the hotel with a position of Operational manager of all restaurants and bars of "Swissotel Krasnye Holmi 5 *". Natalya continued her career in the restaurant business, started from the scratch ”Starbucks Coffee” and “Costa Coffee” projects in the Russian market, working already in HR sphere.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels:As the HRD of AZIMUT Hotels Natalya is engaged in Managing and developing of the personnel on the entrusted territories.
Sales & Revenue Director - Russia
Educations: University of Economics in Varna (Bulgaria), degree in International Hospitality management.
Career: Worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years, both in hotels and Travel agencies. Spend the last 10 years working for Radisson in Bulgaria, Croatia and Moscow. Started with AZIMUT Hotels in February 2015 as Director of Revenue. Since October 2015 has been promoted to the position of Director of Sales and Revenue, Russia.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels: Elena is responsible for the Sales and Revenue optimization activities in the Russian Perimeter.
AZIMUT Hotels Group Marketing and PR Director
Education: Moscow State University (specialization — sociology).
Career: Elena works in the industry of advertising and marketing for over 20 years. In 2015, she entered in the top 1000 of Russian marketing Directors (according to the Kommersant Publishing House).
IT-Director AZIMUT Hotels
Education: Moscow State Industrial University, degree in “Applied mathematics and informatics” and “Computer technology and automated systems software”.
Career: From 2008 to 2012 managed project work in Group of companies “Medsi” as Executive IT Director. In 2013 started to work in the company “Beliy Veter Tsifrovoy” as Deputy IT Director and later as Head of IT department, in which he was responsible for organization of technical support, implementation of IT projects and maintenance of regular work of IT services.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels:Vladimir is responsible for development and realization of IT strategy of Group of AZIMUT Companies, management of IT projects, maintenance of regular work of IT infrastructure, organization of technical support process.
Brand F&B Director
Career: started in the kitchen in Sweden after restaurant & hospitality school. Experience from restaurants small and big, simple and fine dining, catering as small and big functions including airline catering, hotels 3-5 star in Sweden, USA and Russia. Joined AZIMUT Hotels in 2012 as Brand Chef with focus on developing the brand and setting standards with the F&B, moved into current role in 2014 as Brand F&B Director.
Duties in AZIMUT Hotels:Supporting, managing and guiding all our F&B departments in all hotels within Russia and Europe