About my role
In my role as Head of EMEA lounges I’m in charge of the region, predominantly looking after growth opportunities in existing and new countries / regions. In my role as Head of Global Business Development, I’m also looking for growth opportunities beyond the region only, in terms of large, global commercial agreements and M&A activities with potential partners / targets, as well as defining and implementing the global strategy for Aspire in line with our vision to become the most recommended airport hospitality lounge brand. Being the only Aspire team member located in Zurich, I’m also maintaining the direct relationship with Swissport’s headquarters and key functions to ensure Aspire is considered in all key global initiatives
A typical day
Ideally it starts at 06.00am in a rowing boat on the lake, followed by 15 mins scanning through daily news and alerts on the industry, competitors and overall developments. From then on, no two days are identical which I find very exciting. A typical working week pre-covid included on average one trip within the EMEA region to an airport, airline, an existing Aspire lounge or another opportunity trying to further expand the network.
What I love about my team
The Aspire team is the most committed, enthusiastic, creative, visionary and fun team I’ve ever worked with in my professional career. Nobody takes no as an answer, everyone is happy to help each other out and everyone is equally motivated to perform.
Outside of work, I enjoy...
My two little daughters define the majority of my time off work. Just like at work, no two days are the same. As a family we enjoy doing short and longer trips, spending time in the nature, hiking, skiing, playing all sorts of games in and around the house. Other than that I also enjoy recharging the batteries in a rowing boat, with good music or a nice evening with my wife and a good glass of wine.
Random fact about me
I’m a certified tank driver (and have once destroyed several traffic signs driving the tank through several villages as part of my military training)!
Having joined the team in 2019 only, 2020 was going to be an exciting year with several openings, which unfortunately could not be done given the current circumstances. The Aspire team has worked incredibly over the last few years to achieve what it is today. The next few years will be equally exciting with many achievements to follow. Stay tuned and follow us!