Dr. Ioannis Kent
Travel and Hospitality Industry Entrepreneur
Ioannis John Kent is a visionary leader, a serial entrepreneur in the travel, tourism and leisure industries, recognized for his depth of market knowledge, business insight and sense of timing which have been rewarded in a series of successful developments, mergers and acquisitions. He has managed to build value both as a consultant and as an entrepreneur in eight major companies, six of which were involved in Mergers & Acquisitions in a period shorter than 24 months from establishment.
Following his involvement in the privatization project of Astir Vouliagmenis, John served until recently as Principal of the Astir Project in the Jermyn Street Real Estate Fund IV LP, a fund led by AGC Equity Partners.
John is the Founder of Aquis Hotels & Resorts which at its peak, had an operation that involved 14 hotel properties in Greece, and as an Advisory board member at Encore Capital LLC. Prior to Aquis Hotels, John was the Founder and a Board Member of Youtravel.com, the first dotcom start up in which Barclays Ventures committed investment into. It was acquired back in 2012 by the FTI group, a leading player in the German travel industry with the aim of strengthening one of the key players in the holiday dynamic packaging sector. He also founded MedHotels.com and TravelBargains.co.uk revolutionizing the package holiday model and introducing dynamic packaging for holidays in the UK market. Both companies were acquired by Lastminute.com, and John was appointed as UK Managing Director of Lastminute.com with global responsibility for the procurement of hotels. John was involved in the negotiation process back in 2005 when Sabre Holdings US acquired lastminute.com.
John has been honored with a Doctorate of Business Administration by Bournemouth University and has been a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Surrey, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors and a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Bournemouth.