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Francisco Zinser Cieslik

Chief Strategy & Development Officer
NH Hoteles

Francisco Alejandro Zinser Cieslik is NH Hoteles Chief Strategy and Development Officer since September 2011. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Operating Officer of the group for the last 6 years. NH Hoteles is Europe’s third-biggest urban hotel company, with 400 hotels and almost 60,000 rooms in Europe, America and Africa. At present, NH has 21 new projects under construction, which will provide almost 3,000 new rooms.  

Francisco Zinser studied Business Administration specializing in finance at the Anahuac University in Mexico and speaks fluent English, German and Spanish.

With over 28 years of experience in the hotel industry, he has developed and participated in the acquisition of more than 150 hotels in different countries. He has occupied different positions in hotels; from line positions to general management of different hotels in Mexico and abroad, both resort and urban of 3, 4 and 5 star hotels.

Formerly, he was the CEO and co-founder of the Chartwell Group that became Mexico’s third largest hotel group in just three years after its foundation. Chartwell afterwards merged with NH Hoteles through a joint venture. Among other things they were able to bring the Hilton brand back to Mexico, after a more than 25-year absence.

While in Mexico, he was the President of the National Association of Hotel Chains (ANCH), the most representative organism of the international hotel industry in Mexico. He is also a member of the Board of the National Council of Tourism of Mexico and is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council. In December 2010 he was recognized for his career at the “Cátedra de Turismo Miguel Alemán 2010” lecturing two keynote conferences.