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Das 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.


Andre Bleeker

Chief Financial Officer

Andre Bleeker has more than 15 years of experience in the retail sector of fast-growing companies and is a down-to-earth, highly qualified financial professional. Before becoming CFO at a&o Hotels, he worked, among others, for more than four years at Metro Cash and Carry Ukraine as Head of Controlling and also for more than four years at Lenta, the largest retail chain in Russia, as Deputy CFO for Corporate Controlling. He received his Master of Science from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Torsten Loos

Director Operations

Torsten Loos has been part of the hostel chain since its inception and has accompanied a&o through every opening. He came to Berlin as an architecture student and started working as a student assistant in one of the Berlin hostels. After finishing his studies he decided to stay at a&o and went through different positions. He develops quality standards and thus ensures error-free and uniform processes in operations. To deepen his knowledge, he completed a second degree in economics. As Director Operations, he implemented, among other things, a regional manager structure and developed a roster software with automatic assignment, which is used in the houses and thus creates more digitalization. New tools such as inventory systems, e-learning and cost control were developed under him and the internal communication platform EWIDA was further optimized.


James Simmonds

Chief Investment Officer

James Simmonds has worked in hotel development for over 20 years and is now the Chief Investment Officer of a&o Hostels. He started his career in London, with EY and Deloitte and then worked in the Middle East - in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. He led the development in the Asia-Pacific region for the luxury hotel group Rosewood in Hong Kong and was afterwards head of global development for the luxury hotel group Belmond in London. He sees good growth prospects for a&o, as the flexibility to choose between buying and renting a property creates significant competitive advantages. Together with his real estate team, the CIO wants to concentrate on the acquisition of existing hotels and hostels that can be turned into an a&o as quickly as possible.


Phillip Winter

Chief Marketing Officer

A classic a&o success story is reflected in Phillip Winter's career: From the student assistant at the reception via the Financial Controller to the Chief Marketing Officer, he has learned the a&o product range from scratch. He understands the needs of the guests perfectly and combines them with the demands of the hotel. His passion for strategic concepts with analytical flair, which are transformed into commercial and sales hits, the enthusiastic marathon runner and family man lives up to the a&o group completely. He is convinced by creative out-of-the-box ideas with a measurable added value for the guest. In 2017, Phillip Winter successfully restructured the service centre and has since greatly increased performance. Through projects such as the a&o app with mobile key, the digital registration form, web check-in or kiosk check-in and the communication bot, Phillip Winter is driving the digitalisation of a&o. One of his most important projects was the complete rebranding of the a&o group in 2017/2018. Since 2019, the CMO has been responsible for the Europe-wide PR network.