senior team

Simon Naudi

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Simon Naudi is the CEO of International Hotels Investments [IHI] plc, the publicly traded holding company for Corinthia. He joined the company in 1997 to lead international hotel and real estate acquisitions and developments, before being tasked with responsibility for the brand and hotel operations too in 2014. In recent years, he has expanded the company’s footprint into major European capitals, as well as the Middle East and the USA.

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michael izzo

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Michael started his hospitality career working and training in kitchens in the UK, before moving into accountancy and relocating to Malta, first joining Corinthia in 1996. After a spell at another Maltese development company, he returned to Corinthia as Director of Finance, leading the Corinthia London acquisition and opening. He currently oversees both operational and development finance departments, IT and procurement, is MD for investments in London and Belgium and serves on the Northbank Board of Directors, as well as being Director on the audit committee for Global Hotel Alliance. Outside of the travel world, he still retains his passion for food and is an avid martial artist.

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franco valletta

CHIEF OFFICER
ORGANISATION DEVELOPMENT & HR

Franco Valletta first joined Corinthia 1996 - 1999, before spending time as Chairman of the historic Mediterranean Conference Centre, board member of the Malta Tourism Authority and Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. among other advisory and senior roles. He re-joined Corinthia in 2012, and holds academic achievements including a Doctorate in Business Administration from SDA Bocconi School of Management of Bocconi University.

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christian renz

CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Christian Renz joined Corinthia in November 2019, following a career including roles at Marriott, Starwood. He has since held senior roles with The Walt Disney Company, Kempinski Hotels and Rocco Forte Hotels, and has an MBA from Reims Management School.

 

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BRIAN PRATT

CHIEF OFFICER
DISTRIBUTION, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Brian Pratt joined Corinthia in 2010, after a 22-year career with Starwood Hotels. His position there saw him leading technology, marketing and loyalty programmes based in Boston, Hong Kong, New York and Brussels. At Corinthia, he has developed and led the company's distribution system.

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paul pisani

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
DEVELOPMENT

As a member of the founding and owning family, Paul Pisani has spent his full career with Corinthia Hotels, joining the company straight from university in 1990. He has held roles including Group Marketing Manager, Regional Director of Operations based in Turkey, Director of Business Development and Vice President of Development before taking on his current role in 2010. He also sits on a number of Corinthia-related boards.

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matthew dixon

AREA MANAGING DIRECTOR, MIDDLE EAST

Matthew Dixon joined Corinthia in 2009 as the opening General Manager of Corinthia London. Prior to joining he had worked for Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Rocco Forte Hotels undertaking numerous General Manager roles opening new properties across Europe. He has undertaken commercial roles for Corinthia helping the brand development. As Area Managing Director for the Middle East he focuses on Corinthia’s development and operation of hotels in the Gulf.

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JOSEPH RESTALL

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL SERVICES

Joseph Restall joined Corinthia in 2018, after an engineering career which has seen him working for Hilton Malta, in advisory roles for government policy and as a consultant in engineering, advanced manufacturing, product design and process engineering. His advisory roles have included developing the national hotel sustainability tracking system for Malta, and he has was won numerous awards for sustainability, including for the Best European Project in Microelectronics Development in 2016.

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Ignace Bauwens

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Ignace Bauwens joined Corinthia in 2021 having worked in various hospitality groups over the years, most recently in the Gulf. Earlier engagements include roles as CEO of Abu Dhabi National Hotels, Vice President Operations at IHG with responsibility for the UAE, Middle East and Africa, as well as Senior Vice President (Hotels & Hospitality Development) with the Dubai World Trade Centre. He also spent almost ten years working for Accor holding various positions from Director of F&B to Vice President (Operations). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from HTI in Brugge, Belgium.

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