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Giovanni Valentini

Giovanni Valentini

Hotel Manager at Staybridge Suites London – Vauxhall

What's your best memory of working for IHG?

Working at IHG I had an opportunity that changed my life and my way of thinking – being part of the IHG staff at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Village. I was selected from InterContinental Hotels Group for the secondee programme and was chosen from over 345,000 employees in 4,500 Hotels in nearly 100 countries. I was Deputy Residential Service Lead at a residential accommodation building in the Olympic and Paralympic Village with a capacity of 1,900 beds divided in 6 blocks and over 2,500 athletes/officials. It felt like working for 24/7 but the feeling of achievement afterwards was amazing.

Now, I’ve just started my new role as Hotel Manager at the Staybridge Suites London – Vauxhall, one of IHG’s unique brands that’ll offer exciting new products and services. It’s a new chapter that’s going to enable me to mould my team and really show my personality and passion.

“IHG has the strongest and best employees across the world, they are passionate and they love what they do, this is why working with IHG is such a privilege”

How do your hobbies play a part in your working life?

My hobbies are all about sport – racing cars and motorbikes. I was inspired by Alex Zanardi, an ex Formula 1 driver. In 2001 Alex had a horrible crash resulting in the amputation of his legs. But after less than two years, he was back on the circuits racing for BMW in the FIA World Touring Cars Championship. He also competed in the London Paralympic 2012 games in the men’s road bicycle racing. On the closing ceremony day I had the immense privilege to meet Alex personally and spend time with him.

His determination and commitment to return to the competitive world is what drives me to aim higher and achieve the unachievable. I will never forget his parting comment to me: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is a gift, and this is why it’s called the present!”