Efficiency, commitment and quality are the currencies of Sophos Hotels SA, which specializes in hotel expertise at the international level.
SOPHOS HOTELS SA is a Swiss company active in hotel management and expertise, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe. Independent and private, she works on behalf of private and institutional investors. SOPHOS HOTELS SA enjoys an excellent reputation, with the added bonus of a confirmed Swiss quality label. Its efficiency and commitment are its trademark, as is its price-performance ratio made possible by a lightweight and pro-active structure.
Fernand Donnet is Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Sophos Hotels SA, as well as Horesman SA and STDC Sàrl (Swiss Tourism and Development Consulting). Fernand gained a diploma from the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne - hospitality management school, and then took various courses at Cornell University. He began his career as a consultant, and then went into operations, managing individual hotels as well as hotels belonging to a hotel chain (Holiday Inn). Fernand is the member of a number of boards, from those of budget hotels to those of 5* hotels (palaces). Fernand is a veteran of the hotel industry, and his ventures extend into the countries of Europe, Russia, the CIS and the Middle East.
Blaise graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) and did various executive trainings with Cornell University from which he recently obtained a Master Certificate in Revenue Management. Blaise is a veteran in the hotel industry. He worked previously as a General Manager in the casino business and was President and CEO of a group of resort hotels in French Alps. He is an expert of international standard certifications for casinos and hotels which have been certified by ISO 9001 (Quality certification) and ISO 14001 (Sustainable Development Certification).
Ergun was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his Touristic Kaufmann Degree in Klessheim Hotel Management School in Salzburg, Austria. He has 25 years of experience in different assignment in hospitality sector, management of large hotels throughout the world. He has conducted technical services assistance and financial studies for new build projects and conversions of different accommodation types in this field. Further, he has been leading the related teams during both pre and post-opening stages of the hotels, feasibility studies, assessments and audits. He has broad experience in conducting brand integration activities for hotels in Turkey and abroad.
Alena is in charge of supervising the operations and performances of hotels which are under management. Her main responsibilities include quality control, the creation and implementation of human resources projects, and the introduction of training programs. Alena has 10 years of experience in the hotel industry, in hotels in the United States, Russia and Belarus. She has a diploma from Belarus State University in Tourism Management and recently gained a certificate in Hotel Revenue Management and a certificate in Hospitality Management at the famous University of Cornell.
Marat is based in Moscow and supervises the development of Sophos Hotels in Russia and in countries of the former USSR. He is also responsible for maintaining an effective liaison between the Sophos Hotels properties and the central office, and for the supporting and managing business relations. Marat has an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School. He also took courses in Hospitality Management at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL - Swiss Hospitality Management School). Having been managing partner at Capital Consult Realty Hotels, Marat has acquired a vast experience in real estate and hospitality consulting. He has been involved and has directed numerous projects, providing consultation to hotel owners and buyers, carrying out feasibility studies and evaluations of real property, and performing various commercial operations in Russia and Europe.
Before beginning her studies, Anissa has worked one year in an accounting service in the United Kingdom, in order to improve her language skills and to discover the field of accounting. After graduating from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), she has worked then in the financial departments of several hotels in Belgium and Switzerland. Fascinated by numbers, Anissa has joined Sophos Hotels in November 2014 as Analyst & Auditor.
With a Master in Interior Architecture (La Cambre, Brussels), Kim travelled around the world for several years for Marriott and Wyndham Hotel Groups for whom she was responsible for Architecture & Design. More specially, she was in charge for new build projects as well as conversions of existing hotels.
Florence has done an apprenticeship as a travel agent. Later she has pursued her studies with a professional commercial certificate. Willing to improve her skills in the tourism field, she has applied for a Bachelor degree at Haute Ecole de Gestion et Tourisme in Sierre, that she obtained in 2015. After completing trainings in the event field and one in the Champittet Private School, she joined Sophos team in 2016 for one year internship. In 2017, she has finally fully integrated into Sophos team as Operations and Marketing Assistant. Young and motivated, she is determined to use her marketing knowledge and to implement her diverse skills in the hospitality industry.
David has a long experience in the hotel industry and has worked in several departments: Reception, Cost control, and Finance. Continuing his employment as Cost Controller and Accountant at Ramada Encore Geneva, David also joined Sophos Hotels team as the Corporate Accountant. He will strengthen the team in various tasks related to accountancy and cost control.
Pierre Cessot graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne in 2012. He has begun his professional career within various luxurious establishments in London and New York. Pierre worked as Front Office Manager Assistant in the Sixty hotels and as a Revenue Manager Consultant at EasyRMS. Pierre has joined the operations field as a Reception Manager and Executive Assistant Manager in a luxurious hotel The Stafford in London. In 2017, he has joined the Sophos Hotels team as Operations Manager.
Steve Roux graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière in Lausanne and has a 20 years long experience in the hotel industry. Steve has held various positions in hospitality and catering including Finance and Human Resources Management. He has managed several hotels and restaurants in Geneva, Lausanne and Valais. Steve has joined Sophos Hotels team in 2006 as a Financial Manager.