a&o continues its expansion with a new CIO and larger team | Posts

“We can’t wait to continue growing,” explains James Simmonds, new Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at a&o Hostels, “Great Britain, Italy, Benelux and the Dach region are at the top of our list.” Europe -The expansion continues again with more rhythm. After all, the Berlin budget group has been able to open four new houses in the last two years, but now the handbrake is going to be “released”. Oliver Winter, Founder and CEO of a&o: “Together with the new real estate team, James Simmonds represents a conscious and dynamic expansion, we are all looking forward to it.”

Simmonds has been successful in international hotel development for more than 20 years. Ernst and Young and Deloitte in London were followed by positions in the Middle East, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Born in England, he was responsible for the development of the luxury hotel and resort company Rosewood in the Asia-Pacific region.

As Head of Global Development, Simmonds was based in London for Belmond. The 42-year-old says of a&o’s growth prospects: “a&o is a special product, we are very flexible, we can buy or rent and therefore have clear competitive advantages.” hotels and hostels that “can quickly become an a&o”.

International team of real estate experts

Annabel Nowak studied tourism management in Munich and worked as a hotel consultant at a Berlin consulting company. Most recently, she was born in Berlin and worked at NH for four years and was responsible for NH Hotels and its expansion in Central Europe, Great Britain and Ireland as Director of Development and Asset Management. As Associate Real Estate, Annabel Nowak is responsible for a&o’s growth in the DACH region, France, Benelux, CEE and the Nordic countries.

After graduating in International Hotel Development in Glion, Switzerland, Leandro Rispoli began his career as an Investment Analyst at CBRE in Milan, where he was involved in several major individual and portfolio hotel transactions, ranging from resorts to business hotels. He was followed by the stations of Prague, London and Tulum (Mexico). As a real estate analyst, Leandro Rispoli examines potential a&o locations across Europe.


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