Our Expertise

We are a hands-on organization and senior management is out there with the managers at the hotels to support all expertise necessary to build success: Hotel Management, Sales & Marketing, Revenue Management and E-Commerce, Reputation Management, Food & Beverage, Finance and Accounting, Procurement, Development, Planning and Positioning, Technical Services, Human Resources, Training and Professional Development.

Managing Director

Willem van der Zee

"As a Hotel Professional who recognises that excellence comes through people on all levels and sustainable (financial) success comes as a team, I believe in leadership through commitment and participation. I graduated in Hotel Management from Antwerp. Prior to joining Lapithus Hotel Management in February 2015 I have been working in various roles since 1991 in International Hotel Business with well-known international companies in different European countries."


Director Finance, Accounting & Tax

Arnd Stahl

“As a Certified Management Accountant with 20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry and various roles and functions in finance and accounting, I’m building the bridge between our hotel operations and the corporate, investor and statutory environments in terms of financial reporting, tax and compliance. The two key pillars of our performance: being passionate about accurate numbers, paying attention to the appropriate level of detail and striving for an excellent customer service in the cooperation with internal and external contacts."

Director IT

Timo Kettern

"I am an experienced Hotel Technology Professional responsible for all aspects of information technology at hotels and corporate: I take care of all guest-facing technologies and all back-of-house systems as well as the corporate networks including their security. I am a member of HFTP and serve on the IT Committee for the IHG Owners Association Europe."

Director Business Analytics

Susan Elsässer

"I am an experienced and goal-oriented Finance & Business Manager with a demonstrated track record within the hospitality industry. A highly motivated and focused person who displays a high level of expertise by driving efficiency through the evaluation of financial management systems and the implementation of process improvements. A talented leader directing highly skilled financial management teams to support achievement of overall corporate goals and objectives."

The team has 256 years of experience in hospitality and Asset Management!


Director Revenue Management

Silvia Ballmann

"I have 15 years of experience in Revenue Management across many international brands and European markets. I’m responsible for all aspects of revenue, channel and distribution in management at hotels and corporate level. I support the hotels in strategic management and all revenue management aspects. I am a member of IHG Pricing forum and Revenue Management is not an art it’s my passion." 

Area General Manager

Maurice Jansen

"I´m a passionate and driven Hospitality Professional specialized in Hotels putting the right balance and focus on top and bottom line performances. Our guests and team members are in the centre of my strategic leadership and I work close with my General Manager's and team of functional experts to exceed our stakeholders expectations. I am the Vice Chairman of the BeNeScan Committee for the IHG Owners Association Europe."

Area General Manager Holiday Inn Express

Joachim Schaub

"My professional expertise is underlined by nearly 30 years of effective hospitality experience driven by entrepreneurial spirit in order to achieve customer loyalty in a fast paced and challenging environment. I am a member of the IHG DACH Owner Association as well as member of the IHG Standard Sub-Committee responsible for discussing and endorsing current and future standards for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels."

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Director Technical Services

Thorsten Pallasky

"I am a chartered engineer, responsible for all architectural and technical aspects regarding hotels and corporate: Particularly the refurbishment project of our hotel portfolio is my main focus. I take care for the whole range of building and constructional related trades. From fire-life-safety compliancy over the guest-room-layout and full implementation of the regarding franchise standards to energy saving measures, I am the point of contact."   

Director Sales & Marketing

Aurelie Boussaha

"I have a 15 years sales and marketing experience with different major chains and I joined Lapithus few years ago for their efficient experts team promoting entrepreneurial attitude to achieve the most challenging goals in a trustful, professional and caring environment. I am in charge for sales and marketing development through strategic positioning and changes in segmentation to drive revenue maximizing rates. I am a member of HSMAI and part of IHG Sales Committee for Benelux area."

Area General Manager

Steffen C. Schmid

"I am Hotel/Area Manager with a wealth of experience in leased/owned and franchise hotel operations including building & opening , refurbishments, relaunches of 3 - 5 Star Hotel Operations from 150 - 1000 Room sizes. I am member of the IHG Owners Association, member of the board of Munich Congress Alliance and serve on several Munich Touristic organizations."