Davide Bertilaccio is appointed Group CEO of Villa d’Este Hotels in Cernobbio

Villa d’Este Hotels is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Davide Bertilaccio as Group CEO. From April 2022, Bertilaccio will lead the prestigious group and its four properties; the iconic Villa d’Este on Lake Como, the beautiful and recently renovated Villa La Massa in Florence on the Arno River, as well as the Palace Hotel and Hotel Barchetta Excelsior in Como. Bertilaccio will be based at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, Lake Como.

Born in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northwest Italy, Bertilaccio’s impressive 30-year career began with a degree in tourism and hospitality from the Travel Institute Volta in Udine, which he later joined a training at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University in New York. . Since then, Bertilaccio has spent more than two decades working and living across continents with Four Seasons Hotels, Rocco Forte Hotels, Armani Hotels, Starwood Group and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. His illustrious career has included leadership roles in destinations such as Beverly Hills, London, Paris and Sardinia. One of Bertilaccio’s highlights was his move to East Africa where, as Regional General Manager of FRHI Hotels & Resorts, he oversaw three Kenyan properties, including the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi.

Bertilaccio joins Villa d’Este Hotels after a series of senior management positions at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Most recently, he served as Regional Vice President, leading the operational development of the brand’s European collection. Properties and projects in the portfolio included Hôtel de Crillon, Rosewood London and the rebranding and reopening of Rosewood Hotel Villa Magna in Madrid in 2021. In this role, Bertilaccio also retained his position as Managing Director of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, crediting the property with an impressive track record of achievement and establishing a name for the hotel within Italian hospitality.

Bertilaccio takes over the management of Villa d’Este hotels during a pivotal year. In 2022, Lake Como’s grand hame, Villa d’Este, will celebrate its 150th season when it reopens on March 3. Under Bertilaccio’s experienced leadership, Villa d’Este is set to host a prestigious calendar of events for guests to enjoy, including the hotel’s first festive season, an exhibition of historical photographs as well as a unforgettable anniversary gala and performances by the Teatro Sociale di Como throughout the season.

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