Giovanni Angelini, the former CEO of Shangri-La
Hotels and Resorts, and who fully retired from the group in April,
will be the guest speaker at the second WIT*e – Inspiration &
Mentoring on June 25 in Singapore.
Angelini will share his
story and experiences gained from 46 years in the hospitality
business in an interview with Yeoh Siew Hoon, WIT’s producer.
“I’ve known Giovanni for a long, long time and in his long
career, he’s been an inspiration and mentor to many,” said Siew
Staff of Shangri-La have called Angelini’s departure
the end of an era for a group that grew by leaps and bounds under
his tenure. Under his watch, staff turnover was kept at a minimum,
an accomplishment he was personally proud of.
known to be obsessed with people issues and believed that a
company’s success rested on the quality of its people and that
people needed to be taken care of.
Angelini was appointed
CEO and Managing Director in July 1999. He remained on the board
after his retirement was announced. In March, he left the board,
saying it was time to take a break after more than four decades in
He’s won several awards including Asia
Pacific Hotelier of 2005 by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, recognised
for “his achievements in and dedication to the Asia Pacific hotel
industry and a steadfast commitment to excellence”.
Angelini’s commitment to people can be traced back to his
childhood. His formative years were spent in a small town called
Castignano within the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast of
It had a population of 3,000 and everyone knew each
other and helped each other like a big family.
was so uneasy when he had an argument with someone,” Angelini told
All Business in an interview in 2006. “Growing up in that
environment, one learns a lot in terms of values, attitude,
respect and sense of belonging.”
He added: “To this day, I
feel very uncomfortable to manage in a harsh way.”
favourite part of being a leader: “I love to develop people and
see people achieving their career and professional goals.”
The second WIT*e will be held at Cinnamon Room, Level 5, Novotel
Clarke Quay, from 6-9.30pm. An entrance fee of Sin$20 covers food,
drinks and plenty of inspiration.
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