Vice President, Operations | Groupe Germain Hotels
Guided by over 35 years of international experience and in-depth knowledge of the hotel industry, Didier manages the daily operations of Le Germain Boutique-Hotels and ALT Hotels. The members of his team often speak to his pragmatism and joie de vivre. According to him, a company’s values and its human capital are its main strengths.
Born in the south of France, Didier came to discover the world of hospitality in prestigious establishments in Paris and Monte Carlo. Over the course of his career, he spent more than twenty years working for the Accor Group. He settled in Canada with his family in 1987 and was the Senior Vice-President of Operations for subsidiary Accor Canada, from 1997 to 2006.
In 2007, Groupe Danone entrusted him with the general management of Evian Royal Resort but nostalgia for his adopted country made him decide to return to Canada to oversee the assets of the Fairmont hotels in Ontario and Quebec with the Westmont Hospitality Group.
Didier has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Cornell University. He has been involved with a number of boards and organizations, including as an adviser to the international trade ministry of France, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Ryerson University and the Théâtre français in Toronto. Passionate about golf and nature, Didier loves to cook and like many hoteliers, appreciates fine wine!