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    • Hannes Spanring – Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

      Hannes Spanring is Austrian and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at MEININGER since June 2016. The Senior Executive Team and Business Development is reporting directly to him. In addition, he is also responsible for Development. Hannes joined MEININGER in 2013 as Head of Projects and Managing Director and has a wealth of commercial experience particularly in project selection, acquisition and development across Europe and Asia. With his impressive track record, Hannes brings invaluable know-how in his new role as CEO and together with his knowledge of commerce and international markets he will lead the business and direct the strategy in line with the exciting plans for MEININGER.


      Hannes joined MEININGER from a Dutch developer where he worked as an Executive Director with
      responsibilities in project selection, acquisition and development of residential and commercial real estate in Austria and the Netherlands as well as project consultancy and management in the UK (London), Italy, Croatia and India. LinkedIn Profile


    • Eric van Dijk – Chief Operating Officer (COO)

      Eric joined MEININGER in 2013 as COO. He brought a wealth of experience from Generator Hostels, another leading hostel chain in Europe.


      After hotel school Eric started his career in London hotels and moved from reservations, Front of House, F&B Manager to assistance of GM before becoming Operations Manager at Generator Hostels in 2000. Within Generator Hostels he took several career steps and became Managing Director and member of the board in August 2007, where with Private Equity Investor Patron Capital significantly grow Generator Hostel’s capacities. Eric is also on the advisory panel of StayWyse (World Youth Student and Educational Confederation) - the global association for Youth Travel Accommodation and was booked several times as speaker for different conferences on the subject of the hostel industry. Eric holds the Dutch citizenship and speaks fluently English, Dutch and German.


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    • Clare Gates - Human Resources Director


      Clare has over 20 years HR experience where most recently she worked for as their HR Director. Her previous experience includes leading global HR functions within technology, engineering & manufacturing sectors. It is Clare’s aim to create a positive and collaborative working environment building on the transformation of MEININGER’s business and culture where engagement, succession planning and talent management will help drive commercial success.


    • Michael Gies – Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

      Michael joins MEININGER with many years experience in international Finance in various types of industries. His most recent role as Group CFO for the Hess Group headquartered in Luxembourg where he was responsible for overseeing the finance, HR, IT, Supply Chain and Risk Management functions with all local CFO’s reporting directly into him. His achievements include business turnarounds, company transformation, financial optimisation, tax restructuring and working with major financial institutions for M&A and refinancing opportunities. Michael’s financial credentials are impeccable and with his proven track record and deep understanding of business operations he will play a significant role on the Board and in helping MEININGER deliver its plans for growth.


    • Doros Theodorou – Chief Commercial Officer

      Doros Theodorou holds dual British and Greek-Cypriot citizenship. He brings over 17 years of experience in strategic sales and marketing, combined with significant technical knowledge within the hospitality and travel industry. Before joining MEININGER he worked as CCO at Sunhotels by Webjet and was instrumental in establishing a successful global sales and marketing organisation. Previously he has held senior positions of increased commercial responsibility at TripAdvisor, Kuoni Global Travel Services and Gulliver’s Travel Associates (GTA). At MEININGER he will drive forward the strategic alignment of all commercial areas, ensuring accelerated growth, whilst strengthening our competitive advantage on the low-budget hotel market.  


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    • Our recipe

      How do you lead a young, modern, emerging low-budget hotel group to success? First of all, take three people, the right concept, courage and vision, inspiration and craftsmanship, a clever strategy, people who enjoy what they do and have plenty of enthusiasm.

      If there is one thing that we have understood, it’s: MEININGER survives only if the team is enthusiastic about MEININGER.

      And that’s the secret of our success.

    • Unbeatable: holiday break & MEININGER

      • Having entered into a strategic partnership with British travel company Holidaybreak in November 2010, MEININGER laid the foundation for further growth. Holidaybreak’s subsidiary PGL Travel Limited has acquired 100% of MEININGER in spring 2013. Both partners see enormous potential in the accommodation market for groups of students and school children. Pan-Europe – here we come...