Russell Kett is Chairman of the London office of HVS, the leading global specialist hotel valuation, consulting, asset management and brokerage firm which was founded in 1980.
After hotel school, Russell joined Strand Hotels as an internal auditor, then assistant financial controller of London’s Cumberland Hotel. After 18 years with the hotel consultancy divisions of BDO (Horwath Consulting) and Deloitte, he joined HVS in 1995. Russell celebrated his 22nd anniversary with the firm in January 2017.
Russell has some forty years’ specialist hotel consultancy, investment and real estate experience, focused on providing valuation, feasibility, shared ownership, property, brokerage, investment, asset management, strategy and related consultancy services, advising hotel, serviced apartments and hostel companies, banks, developers and investors on all aspects of their hospitality industry related interests, throughout the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
He is a frequent writer, moderator and speaker on the international hotel industry, especially topics relating to hotel valuation, investment, marketing and finance. He has lectured at leading international hotel schools including Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, IMHI-Essec in Paris, Cornell University, and Oxford Brookes University. Russell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from HOSPA, the hospitality professionals association, in 2011.