Francesco Cefalu

Mandarin Oriental Hotel / Regional Development Director

Francesco Cefalu is Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Regional Development Director for EMEA and is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and negotiating new development opportunities for Mandarin Oriental in the EMEA & Latin America regions.

Francesco has a wealth of skill and experience in the field of hospitality real estate, including hotel management contracts, company investment and residential agreements. In his previous role as Vice President Development, Europe at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Francesco was responsible for the development of the brand’s European presence, managing its portfolio growth through hotel management and branded residential agreements.

Prior to joining Four Seasons, he was part of the development team at Hilton Worldwide for six years with management roles in Brazil, Italy and the UK. In his earlier career, Francesco held several positions at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and at Sony Electronics.

An Italian national, Francesco has an MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston and prior to this, graduated from Bocconi University in Milan with a degree in Economics.

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