a&o Management

Oliver Winter


Oliver Winter is one of the "fathers of the German hostel idea" and is the founder of a&o hostels. His vision of affordable accommodation in a city center with a sociable hostel feeling component has come true. He has established his budget-chain concept with huge success across Germany. With the entry of TPG Real Estate, a&o paves the way for a Europe-wide market leadership in the individual and youth travel segment. At the same time, Oliver continues to look after the representation and strength of his brand and the well-being of the employees who lead a&o to success.


John Scott


John Scott is an experienced leader in the hospitality and leisure industry with more than 25 years of consumer facing business expertise across complex global, multi-unit, multi-brand enterprises. He serves as Chairman for a&o hostels and is a TPG senior advisor. From 2012 to 2015 he served as President and CEO of Belmond Ltd. (NYSE: BEL), previously Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., a NYSE publicly listed company engaged in the ownership and management of a global portfolio of 46 luxury hotel, restaurant, tourist train and cruise businesses in 22 countries. Prior to joining Belmond Ltd., he served from 2003 to 2011 as President and CEO of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, an international luxury hotel and resort management company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Michael Abel

Member of the Board

Michael is a Partner at TPG, a leading global private investment firm with approximately $119 billion of assets under management. He has helped establish TPG Real Estate’s efforts in Europe and is a member of TPG Real Estate’s Investment Committee and TPG Europe’s Executive Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of several portfolio companies, including A&O Hostels, the largest hostel platform in Europe; Campo Properties, a residential and student housing venture in Portugal; and Campus Living, a student housing platform in Germany. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Tempore Properties SOCIMI, one of the leading public PRS platforms in Spain, and is also a member of the Board at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a non-profit organization that supports seriously ill children. He holds a Diplome de Grande Ecole and MSc in Management from ESCP Europe, and speaks German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.


Donald J. McNamara

Member of the Board

Donald J. McNamara is the Founder of Hampstead Holdings, a real estate investment company he founded in 1988. Over the last 30 years, Hampstead, in partnerships with a small group of individual and institutional investors, has invested over $1 billion of equity in real estate. His previous experience includes Bass Brothers Enterprises, Marriott Corporation and JMB Realty. Donald J. McNamara currently serves as a Senior Advisor to TPG Real Estate Partners. He is also Managing Partner of Cityplace, a 130 acre mixed-use urban revitalization project in Dallas’ uptown. In 2005, he founded Long Cove, a 1400 acre second home community in East Texas and is the Managing Partner for Waikoloa, a 1350 acre development on the Big Island of Hawaii. McNamara is currently on the boards of Crow Family Holdings, a&o Hostels and Franklin Covey Company. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.




Michael Mücke

Member of the Board

Michael Mücke serves on the board of a&o hostels. Mücke has been active in managing positions in the hotel industry for many years. His expertise lies above all in the areas of budget planning and management, expansion and brand positioning. For 25 years, Mücke was responsible for the development and success of Accor Hotels’ economy brands, most recently as Germany and Central Europe boss.


Cheng Chen

Member of the Board

Cheng Chen is a Vice President at TPG Real Estate and serves on the Board of Directors of a&o Hostels. Prior to joining TPG Real Estate in 2015, Mr. Chen worked at Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Private Equity division. Mr. Chen holds a Master in Science degree from London School of Economics and a Master of Engineering degree from Imperial College London and speaks Chinese and English.