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26 February 18:00, Montreux Jazz Café EHL

Join us for an exclusive pre-event collaboration between YHS and Smack Hospitality, warming up for the Young Hospitality Summit with a LIVE Podcast Event at the beloved Montreux Jazz Cafe at EHL. 🌟 

We're thrilled to welcome Patrick Mendes – Accor’s CEO for Premium, Midscale and Economy in Europe & North Africa, as our special guest, hosted by dynamic Fritz Decamp, AEHL 2013 alum, Managing Director of
Studio 49 Berlin and Smack Hospitality host. You won't want to miss this!🚀

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Meet the Guest

Patrick Mendes, an INSEAD graduate with an MBA in Management and Marketing from IAE Aix-en-Provence, brings extensive leadership experience to the table. He began his career with Edenred in 1994, eventually overseeing operations in Spain and Portugal.


Transitioning to Accor in 2005, he held various high-level positions, culminating in his appointment as Group Chief Commercial Officer in 2020. Now, as CEO of Accor's Europe & North Africa division, he continues to drive business growth in the group's core market.

Meet the Host

Fritz has specialized in Digital Marketing with an enthusiastic approach to e-commerce and digitization of the hospitality and tourism sector after graduating from EHL in 2013.

Besides managing one of the leading online marketing agencies in hospitality in Europe, Fritz is engaged in advisory boards, lecturing at several European hospitality management schools and acts as a keynote speaker with previous records of speaking at TEDx, hospitality conventions such as ITB, IHIF, WTM, ATM.

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