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Davide Bertilaccio takes over as the new Ceo of the Italian Villa d'Este Hotels Group on 1 April

Monday, 21 February 2022 11:29

On 1 April Davide Bertilaccio will take over as the new CEO of the Villa d'Este Hotels Group, the small independent hotel group that has the world renowned 5-star Grand Hotel Villa d'Este in Cernobbio as its flagship. Originally from Friuli-Venezia Giulia and with over 30 years of experience in the hospitality sector, Bertilaccio’s career began with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, for which he contributed to the opening of the Milan hotel in 1993. 

From Sardinia to Geneva, and from Dubai and Kenya

In 2001 he then moved to the Cala di Volpe in Sardinia, then part of the Starwood Group, before becoming general manager of the Savoy in Florence (Rocco Forte) and moving to Geneva for the opening of Le Richemond, another property of the Italian-UK group. In 2008 he was responsible for the opening of the Armani Hotel in Dubai, then from 2011 to 2014 he was general manager for several Moevenpick properties. In 2019, after an experience in Kenya with Frhi Hotels & Resorts, he returned to Italy and the Rosewood Hotel Group, for which he assumed the role of regional vice president and managing director.

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An enthusiastic challenge

"I am honoured to join this prestigious group, which is a benchmark in the world of international luxury hôtellerie. I am doing this in an extremely significant historical moment for the company, which is projecting itself into the future while maintaining its roots. I accept this challenge with great enthusiasm,” says Bertilaccio's 

Villa d’Este is celebrating its 150th season 

This appointment comes at a time of great excitement for the company, which is preparing for the celebrations of Villa d'Este's 150th season. Founded in 1873, the group, in addition to the famous Villa d'Este from which it takes its name, also includes Villa La Massa, a property dating back to the 13th century on the banks of the Arno river in Florence in ten hectares of beautiful parkland, as well as the Como-based Palace Hotel and the Hotel Barchetta Excelsior.

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