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Mr. Ali V. Kasikci

Ali Kasikci

Mr. Ali V. Kasikci
Regional Managing Director,
Orient-Express Hotels

Ali Kasikci is the Regional Managing Director of North America, Caribbean, Mexico and Brazil for Orient-Express Hotels. His responsibilities include the management of eight properties within the company’s existing portfolio: North America: El Encanto in Santa Barbara, The Inn at Perry Cabin, Maryland, and the iconic ‘21’ Club restaurant and bar, New York City; Caribbean: La Samanna, St. Martin; Mexico: Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya and Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende; Brazil: Copacabana Palace and Hotel das Cataratas.

Over Mr. Kasikci’s lauded hospitality career, he served as the Vice-President of Strategic Planning & Development for Montage Hotels & Resorts, a position that followed the successful launch of Montage Beverly Hills, where he joined in 2007. With one year of pre-opening he and the team were integral in managing the construction, design and choreographing pre- and post- opening positioning and strategy. As a result, despite a challenging economic climate, the property became an immediate “player” amongst the luxury competitive set, achieved five-star status in record-breaking time, and became the only new hotel in California to receive the 2010 Forbes Five Star Award.

From 1991 until September 2007, he helmed The Peninsula Beverly Hills and under his management the hotel achieved some of the highest consistent ratings in the industry - from the highest RevPar in the competitive set, the most profitable property in The Peninsula Group, the highest return guest ratio in the market, in addition to numerous credible service and facility accolades including the prestigious Forbes (Mobil) Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond awards for fourteen consecutive years.

A graduate of the Hotel and Catering College in Tegernsee, Germany, Mr. Kasikci holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, in California. Following his apprenticeship at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, he held several senior management positions with leading hotels in Germany and with casino resorts in South Africa. He was brought to America by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts in 1987 where he managed the newly opened Four Seasons Newport Beach, prior to moving to Beverly Hills and joining The Peninsula Group in 1992.