As Regional Vice President and General Manager, Hoogewijs is putting that appetite and experience to work on a top-to-bottom renovation of Four Seasons Hotel Amman. Change of scenery has been a constant throughout Hoogewijs’ hotel career. From Bangkok to Tokyo, Mumbai to Mexico, Canberra to Rabat, he has held executive-level positions in myriad destinations and more than a dozen countries.
Hoogewijs has been deep into such transformations before, including at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, where he first joined the company as Hotel Manager in 2004 and departed as Regional Vice President and General Manager, bound for Jordan, in 2015 during the hotel’s best-ever quarter. There were top-level stops in between, including as General Manager of Four Seasons addresses in Mexico City, Mumbai and Sydney.
Growing up in Brussels, Hoogewijs wanted to be a chef and open his own restaurant. Instead he enrolled in a hotel management course and was “bitten by the bug.” The first steps of his career were in restaurants before he moved on to hotel operations. Hoogewijs’ upbringing prepared him well for travel. Like most Belgians, he is multi-lingual, speaking English, Dutch, basic German and Spanish.
What do you do best?
Being from Belgium, where politics is about compromising, I have learned that a good compromise is always a win-win for everyone ! I enjoy challenges, I enjoy seeing a motivated team and I thrive when guests are coming back for more !!!
What makes you the best?
The people around me allow me to be who I am , and I allow them to be themselves. You have to be "authentic" ... You have to be "your brand" !!!
To come to work happy every day , and to leave work satisfied with your achievements of that day ! Celebrate the small winnings !!!
Personal aspiration: To remain, healthy, happy and to continue to enjoy my family.
Business aspiration: If I no longer can lead a team to be motivated , a team that excels in their job , and have fun at the same time , then it would be time to go ....
Sharing a tough business decision with long serving employees (redundancies), but at the same time ensuring they have received the competencies they need to look for new opportunities.
"Treat people the way you want to be treated."
My home in Belgium
Tokyo is my most favorite city ! ... THE city that never sleeps !
Fresh produce to cook or BBQ with
City cycling and cooking ...