The Alumni Association Glion (AAG) committee is elected every two years. They are responsible for continuing to promote the Glion spirit, as well as the positive relations our alumni have with each other and with other industry leaders.
The current President is Ralph Radtke, who graduated from Glion in 1980. Ralph is a senior leader within luxury hospitality, with over 40 years of experience in iconic hotels such as the Ritz in Paris and Belmond Hotel Cipriani. He has worked in over 15 countries, including Thailand, Austria, Russia and Ivory Coast. Ralph is currently General Manager and Regional Vice-President of the iconic Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, as well as being in charge of the San Clemente Palace Venice in Italy.
Hartmut Schroder is Vice-President. Hartmut graduated from Glion in 1981 and has since worked at a range of prestigious hotels across Europe. Since 2009, Hartmut has been Managing Director of GHS Global Hotel Solutions Purchasing Company. Prior to this, he has worked as Managing Director of the Deutsche Bank Educational Centre, as well as General Manager of the Steigenberger Hotel in Frankfurt.
The role of General Secretary has been taken by 1982 graduate Jean-Phillipe Scalbert. Jean-Phillipe has a long history with Glion, having worked as a Director at the institution for ten years after graduating. Jean-Phillipe has since taken on positions as Managing Director at an international language school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Considerable experience of hospitality has been gained through General Manager positions at Grand Hôtel Excelsior and Hôtel des Bains de Saillon.
Completing the committee are:
Ronald Homsy – Ronald graduated from Glion in 1997. Since then, he has conceptualised, developed and managed more than 26 successful hospitality ventures across Europe and the Middle East. His latest is the Utopian Hotel Collection, a curated hotel portfolio that redefines the hotel experience.
Uğurcan Ügümü - Uğurcan graduated from Glion in 2010. He started his career in sales at Ritz-Carlton Istanbul before joining Hunkar, the family-owned restaurant business. He then created his own venture, The Standard Coffee, which operates two branches in Istanbul. In 2017, he launched Cachet, a luxury hotel textile brand which offers bespoke products and services.
Inge De Lathauwer – Inge, who graduated in 1989, is the founder of the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. Inge chose the Indonesian Island of Sumba to set up her foundation because it is on the cusp of tourist development and desperately in need of investment and jobs. Her foundation has built a unique eco resort and permaculture farm, and her mission is to provide students with a rigorous education in hospitality.
Clémence Gillier – Clémence graduated in 2013 and served as a Glion Alumni Ambassador in the Geneva region from 2016 to 2018. Clémence has worked in operations at the Hotel Arts, Ritz-Carlton in Barcelona. In 2013, she was hired as a sales manager for Swissôtel Métropole (Geneva) to develop the conference and banqueting revenue of the hotel. She currently works for Turkish Airlines (Geneva), responsible for the corporate market of the French Riviera region in Switzerland.
The AAG is an association created under Swiss law. As an independent entity, the AAG has its own statutes and bylaws that are governed by a committee. The Sommet Education Alumni Team works with the AAG International committee in engaging our alumni communities. New committee members are elected every term (as defined by the statutes) by alumni who attend the General Assembly. This year’s General Assembly marked the end of one term and beginning of the new one.