Starhotels appoints MD

Italy: Starhotels, the first Italian private hotel company by revenue, has appointed Francesco Brunetti as managing director of the group.

Brunetti has gained long-standing experience in the hotel industry, covering prominent managerial roles at hotel chains including Hilton, ITT Sheraton, CIGA and Starwood, overseeing the merger of the latter with Marriott International.

Among his positions held, Brunetti is also a member of the board of directors of Fondazione Fiera Milano and of the General Council of Federturismo Confindustria; he is deputy of the Italian Chapter of E.H.M.A. (European Hotel Managers Association), as well as past president of the Assolombarda Tourism Group and Confindustria Lombardia Turismo 

Brunetti said: “I am thrilled to be part of the most important Italian hotel group, a family business with an international footprint that boasts a diversified portfolio of hotels of absolute prestige. It is a rare example of an inter-generational and authentically Italian success story, with high growth potential.” 

Elisabetta Fabri, president and CEO of Starhotels, added: “Francesco Brunetti shares with me not only a strong passion for hospitality but a strategic and operational vision focused on efficiency, quickness and effectiveness, which are necessary to be increasingly competitive in this market. I am delighted to welcome him to Starhotels, and confident that his arrival will bring dynamism and great professionalism, as well as a boost in the existing plans for business growth and portfolio development.”

The Starhotels collection of 30 luxury hotels in Italy, London, Paris and New York comprises more than 4,200 rooms. 

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