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Director of world's first hotel school quits

11 May 2009 by
Director of world's first hotel school quits

The general director of world's first hotel school, the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, has resigned for "personal reasons".

Ruud J. Reuland has worked for the world renowned establishment as general director for the past eight years but will leave at the end of this year.

A spokesman for the hotel said that, at 60 years old, Reuland felt the time has come for him to "pass the torch on to a new generation of entrepreneurs and devote himself to new challenges and his family".

Marco Torriani, president of the board of governors, said Reuland went "well beyond the objectives that were set for him on his arrival in 2002".

"He has consolidated the school's position at the international level and adapted the learning programmes to the needs of the market," Torriani said.

"We will continue in future to implement our strategy and provide a unique added value to our students, clients and partners."

EHL's board of governors has named a committee made up of three of its members (Marco Torriani, Olivier Blanc, Guglielmo Brentel) that is now tasked with recruiting a new general director before the end of the year.

As the oldest hotel school in the world, the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) offers university level training to young student and has trained more than 25'000 managers for the hospitality industry since its inception in 1893.

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By Gemma Sharkey

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