Russell Kett is chairman of the London office of HVS, the hotel valuation, consulting and brokerage firm which was founded in 1980 and today operates in 40 offices worldwide. The London office is responsible for work carried out on hotel valuations, feasibility studies, executive search, asset management and investment appraisals throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Kett started his 45-year long hospitality career at Strand Hotels as an internal auditor, before becoming the assistant financial controller of the 900-bedroom Cumberland Hotel in London. He entered consultancy initially with Deloitte & Touche and BDO Stoy Hayward (Horwath Consulting), before joining HVS in 1995.
He is a frequent writer, moderator and speaker on the international hotel industry, particularly on the valuation of and investment in hotels and resorts. He lectures at hotel schools including Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, IMHI-Essec in Paris, Cornell University, Oxford Brookes University and the Scottish Hotel School at the University of Strathclyde. In 2011 he was awarded the HOSPA Lifetime Achievement Award and, just recently, received the Hotel Investment Conference Europe Hall of Fame Award.