ANDREA MASTELLONE: Meet Seda’s main man

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Italian hotelier Andrea Mastellone

Italian hotelier Andrea Mastellone

Andrea Mastellone is an Italian hotelier who has an impressive record of managing prestigious properties in more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

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He joined Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corp. (AHRC) in 2011 to oversee the planning and development of the Seda brand, owned and managed by the Ayala group. The following year, he opened its flagship hotel in Bonifacio Global City, followed by Seda Centrio in Cagayan de Oro and Seda Abreeza in Davao.

Mastellone was previously connected with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for seven years—a remarkable period that resulted in many “firsts” and accomplishments that highlight his career.

As general manager of Traders Hotel Hong Kong, he was responsible for re-branding the product after its acquisition from another company. Previous to this, he opened Traders Hotel Chennai as the first property of the hotel group in India. He was later assigned to Traders Hotel Manila to oversee a major refurbishment and its re-positioning into a business hotel, leading to a top ranking in its competitive set and a substantial increase in market share, as well as the highest level of guest and employee satisfaction in its entire history. Mastellone was also general manager of Shangri-La Fijian Resort, Fiji Island (South Pacific) and Resident Manager of the 700-room Kowloon Shangri-La (Hong Kong).

The seasoned hotelier spent the earlier part of his career in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. He managed Grand Hotel Excelsior in Amalfi, Italy; Bravo Resorts in the Dominican Republic; and the pre-opening and opening operations of the Blu Hotels Group, Italy.

Expectedly, Mastellone’s professional success is matched by academic excellence and further pursuits thereof. He holds a Diploma in Hotel Management from the hotel school Cesar Ritz Colleges in Switzerland. He followed this up with a Master’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Rome (LUISS Guido Carli) and with leadership and management courses from satellite schools ofCornell University, taken in recent years.

Mastellone speaks Italian, French, Spanish, and German. He also worked as a freelance journalist for the Milan-based magazine Jobs in Tourism.

As group general manager of Seda, he is responsible for the brand’s growing list of hotels in key destinations in the Philippines. Each hotel’s general manager reports directly to him, while he is concurrently general manager of the flagship hotel Seda BGC in Taguig City, Metro Manila.

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