After falling in love with hospitality as a 15-year-old working at his uncle’s hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, Mattmüller received his degree in hotel management in 1979.
He then embarked on a career that saw him work for prestigious companies in 15 countries across five continents and joined Mövenpick in 2001. At that time there were just a handful of Mövenpick hotels in the Middle East. Now, under Mattmüller’s management, the company has 25 hotels in the region.
Mattmüller has consolidated the portfolio in the Middle East and raised the number of signed projects in Asia to 18 properties. The goal is to manage 25 hotels in Asia by 2012.
He is currently responsible for 32 properties, 25 in the Middle East and seven in Asia. There are 27 properties in the pipeline, nine of which are in the Middle East and 18 in Asia.
“A plan is only as good as its implementation” is one of Mattmüller’s favourite quotes and no doubt, the driving philosophy behind his successes at Mövenpick over the past 11 years.
By the numbers
Movenpick Hotels open in Middle East: 25 Hotels in confirmed pipeline for Middle East: 9 Middle East hotels opened in past 12 months: 0 Middle East hotels signed in past 12 months: 0 Middle East hotels due to open by September 2013: 3 No of years in hospitality: 33 No of years in region: 14 Nationality: Swiss