Tuscan-born Finizzola began his professional career in London at The Savoy Hotel in 1977. He subsequently returned to Italy, managing luxury hotels in Venice, Rome, the Costa Smeralda and Milan, where he opened the Four Seasons’s first hotel in Europe.
Finizzola served as Four Seasons Milan’s General Manager until 2015, establishing the hotel as a benchmark for five-star luxury in Italy.
Finizzola has been appointed by funds advised by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (“Elliott”) and Blue Skye Investment Group (“Blue Skye”), who have recently completed their acquisition of 100% of the capital of Bauer SpA from the Possati family, owners of Bauer since 1930. The Bauer portfolio consists of hotels in San Marco (Bauer Palazzo) and Giudecca (Bauer Palladio and Villa F).
Elliott and Blue Skye were attracted to Bauer’s unique value opportunity given its high-quality properties and its unrivalled location, as well as the prospects for growth of the high-end hospitality market in Venice. Elliott and Blue Skye recognise the history and prestige of the Bauer brand name in the world of hospitality and are committed to enhancing the value of the properties through significant renovation plans.
Mr Finizzola will lead the transition, building upon Bauer’s history and position at the centre of Venice - both geographically and culturally - to realise its full potential. To this end, one of Italy’s leading chefs, Cristiano Tomei, has been appointed as Consultant Chef. Tomei, whose Tuscan restaurant L’Imbuto received a Michelin star in 2014, fuses creativity, tradition and locality. At Bauer, he will presenting his way of experiencing traditional Italian food in a contemporary way.