Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

Speaker profile

Federico J. González

President & CEO, Radisson Hotel Group & Chairman of the Global Steering Committee of Radisson Hotel Group

Federico J. González is the President & CEO of The Radisson Hotel Group, and Chairman of the Global Steering Committee of Radisson Hotel Group. He joined Rezidor in May 2017 from the Carlson Hospitality Inc. where he served as the Chief Executive Officer, since January 2017.

Federico has extensive global executive leadership experience in the hospitality, leisure and FMCG sectors. Prior to joining Carlson, he has worked as the Chief Executive Officer of NH Hotel Group – where he led a major turnaround of the company – and as Deputy General Manager of Disneyland Paris.

He previously spent 16 years in senior management positions at Procter & Gamble in Madrid, Brussels, and Stockholm before becoming the company’s Country Head of Portugal in 2000.
A respected marketer and hotelier, Federico has written three books: Living and Working Abroad; How to Live and Work with Portuguese, Cómo Hacerse El Sueco En Los Negocios Con Exito; and How to act as a Swedish Manager!

Federico is a European at heart – with a truly global mindset. His leadership style fosters innovation, creativity and an unfailing commitment to customer experience. As a global leader, Federico’s personal mission is to motivate and energize large organizations to be more ambitious – in profitability, purpose and people – through respect for diversity of thoughts, culture, gender, experience and beliefs.

Federico majored in Economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and received a Masters of International Trade and Finance from the École Supérieure de Commerce de Paris. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.

Federico is a family man, devoted to his wife – Begona (a strong advisor and partner to his career success, and a key contributor to his writings), and his two daughters and a son. He is a true champion of Women in Leadership, and he doesn’t need a slogan or campaign to prove that.

In his spare time (which is rare), he loves to write. His motto” in life is “Enjoy the journey! The only thing that lasts is the impact you have on people. Try to do what you, the best you can. And on the way, have fun.”