Herve Houdre

Among Europe’s and America’s most respected hoteliers and business leaders, Hervé Houdré was literally born in an inn. He was named 2006 Independent Hotelier of the World by HOTELS magazine readers. Hervé managed such properties as the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York, the Hôtel de Crillon and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC, the InterContinental Barclay in New York and held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Kempinski Hotels and Resorts.

A leader in Sustainable Hospitality, Hervé published Sustainable Hospitality© in 2006, a white paper utilized by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research. He co-edited a book entitled Hotel Sustainable Development: Principles and Best Practices, published in 2011. His leadership achieved the 2009 Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award. He was named 2012 General Manager of the Year by the Greater New York Chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Hervé has developed a very substantial network in the hospitality industry, in the hospitality association world, at the New York City government level, in the diplomatic world and within the United Nations organization. Hervé’s experience is unrivaled. He has always been engaged in the local community where he held board positions in various organizations such as The Leading Hotels of the World, New York State Hotel Association, United Nations International School, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Downtown D.C. BID, Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Hotel Association of New York City and served on the Board and Executive Committee of NYC & Company.

Hervé created H2 Sustainability Consulting, through which he advises Hospitality companies, Regions and Cities, Universities, and businesses at large on how to develop a relevant and profitable Sustainability strategy.

Alain has invited Hervé to contribute his extensive experience and skills to develop a new model of information security for tourism and hospitality industries, which are particularly sensitive to security breaches involving personal data of billions of customers.