CR_Kristian Gundersen_Norway

“César Ritz Colleges gave
me the foundations on
which to build and grow.”
“I chose to study hospitality so that I
could make use of the languages I
learnt, to meet and work with a
diverse group of people and of
course to travel! Twenty years after
graduation, I still love my job and the
hotel game offers a different
challenge every day of the week. It
is such a dynamic industry and you
have to be cutting edge to survive in
such a competitive environment –
the privilege to be a part of all that is
what I love about my chosen career.
The first four years after graduating, I
worked in a number of different types
of operations, from Fish n’ Chips to
the opening of a Leading Hotels of
the World. From there, destiny took
me to Sun International where I
began in the group procurement
department and then on to the
development division where I am
now the Development Manager.
My role is very exciting as I manage
and direct the strategy and feasibility
of new projects internationally. I
work through the steps of planning,
budgeting, design, construction, fitout,
commissioning and finalise with
the hand over to the operations
team.
My career highlight so far has been
directing and managing the team
responsible for the incredibly
successful construction and
completion, against very
unfavourable budget and timeline
constraints, of the Monticello Casino
and Resort Complex in Santiago de
Chile, Latin America.
My advice to students considering
studying hospitality is that this is a
very demanding profession, one that
must be lived, but it is incredibly
rewarding.
My professional philosophy is ;
“Form Follows Function.”