José Roquette

Board Manager, Pestana Group

51 years, one daughter, two sons, living presently in Lisbon. Graduated from French High School in Lisboa and later in Business Administration & Management from the Catholic University (Portugal) Advanced Management Program in hospitality management at the Cornell University NY. Strategic Management Program at Catholic University (Portugal). First business experience in family-owned resort in the South of Portugal. Started his career in Venture Capital in Lisbon, in 1990.

Launched in 1992 and led for 3 years the first Equity Fund specialized in the hospitality area, in Portugal, in public/private partnership. Joined Pestana Hospitality Group in 1996 Has been responsible for its international growth, first in Africa (3 years),then Brazil & South America (4 years) Won in 2002 (S.Paulo) the “Hospitality Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. Between 2003-2006 was the CEO of “Pousadas de Portugal”, the most traditional chain of small luxury hotels in Portugal, privatized in 2003.

Presently Chief Development Officer at Pestana Hotel Group, reporting to the Shareholder and Chairman, responsible for its development strategy, including new projects in different markets such as Lisboa, Madrid, Amsterdam, Berlin, Marrakech and NY/Manhattan Member of the Cornell University Society of Hotelmen Contributed to several academic books on Tourism & Leisure, in Portugal and Brazil, and also many articles specialized in the Hospitality Industry.

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