Mission and Governance

Les Roches is committed to preparing our students for a top career in the global hospitality industry.


The Visionary Leaders in Global Hospitality Education, fearlessly shaping tomorrow’s world.


Catalysing a cosmopolitan learning community to develop future leaders in the global hospitality sector, with the ability and confidence to shape a sustainable future


Governing board

The Les Roches Governing Board is the legally constituted body ultimately responsible for Les Roches’ quality, integrity and strategic direction. The Board’s composition assures a fair representation of Les Roches’ stakeholders and industry partners and reflects the areas of competence needed to fulfill Les Roches’ Vision and Mission.

The Board exercises its authority and independence to support informed institutional strategic direction and goals. The Board approves and reviews institutional policies; monitors the institution’s fiscal condition; and approves major new initiatives developed in consultation with the appropriate internal or external constituencies.

In exercising its fiduciary responsibility, the Board assures that the institution periodically reviews its success in fulfilling its Mission and achieving its Purposes through a series of self-assessment procedures such as external audits, regulatory compliance, internal controls, and contingency management.

Les Roches’ CEO, Mr Carlos Díez de la Lastra, receives from the Governing Board the requisite authority and autonomy to lead the institution’s strategic initiatives and to manage Les Roches’ academic programs and services on its behalf.


Dr. Elmore Alexander Chair, Dean Emeritus at the Ricciardi College of Business
Mr. Francis Clivaz Les Roches Founder
Mr. Christian Karaoglanian Consultant for Accorhotels, Member of the board of directors of various companies
Dr. Stacy L. Sweeney Higher Education Consultant
Mr. Chad Thompson Higher Education Consultant
Mr. Benoît-Etienne Domenget Chief Executive Officer Sommet Education
Dr. Fabien Fresnel Chief Operating Officer Sommet Education
Dr. Valérie Truelle Chief Financial Officer Sommet Education
Mr. Jean-Jacques Gauer Hospitality Expert
Ms. Adela Martín Spain Head of Private Banking and Asset Management at Banco Santander


CEO Les Roches Worldwide  Mr. Carlos Díez de la Lastra
Director of Finance and Business Development, Les Roches  Mr. Andres Cardenas Garcia
Executive Academic Dean, Les Roches  Dr. Dimitrios Diamantis
Deputy Head of Global Marketing  Ms. Lorena López

Leadership Team Les Roches Crans-Montana

Dean of Students  Mr. Giovanni Odaglia (MSc)
Director of Operations  Ms. Joceline Favre-Bulle
Executive Academic Dean  Dr. Dimitrios Diamantis
Campus Finance Manager  Mr. Pascal Métrailler
Head of IT Operations and Business Applications  Mr. Marc Jensen
Human Resources Manager  Ms. Cynthia Terlien
Student Governance Association President  Ms. Sofia Grigoriadou

Leadership Team Les Roches Marbella

Campus Director, Les Roches Marbella (Spain)  Mr. Jose Emmanuel Soler
Student Services & Operations Director  Mr. Hassan Djeebet
Academic Director  Mr. Jon Loiti
Director of Finance and Business Development  Mr. Andrés Cardenas
IT & Project Management Director  Mr. Juan Luis Velasco
HR Director  Ms. Almike Orue-Echevarría
Deputy Head of Global Marketing  Ms. Lorena Lopez


Les Roches Global Hospitality Education is a private and for profit institution. For a fair summary of its financial statements, please contact the Managing Director