JCU Presents 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award to Elisabetta Fabri

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Distinguished alumna Elisabetta Fabri

John Cabot University is pleased to announce that Elisabetta Fabri is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.  The award will be conferred upon Ms. Fabri on the occasion of the President’s Gala to be held on September 22, 2018 at the Hotel Hassler Roma.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred upon an alumnus/a who has demonstrated a steady growth of excellence in his/her career and leadership within his/her respective field.  In addition to making notable contributions to their chosen profession, award recipients exemplify John Cabot University’s values and mission of fostering intellectual tolerance, freedom, and integrity while promoting cross-cultural dialogue.

Elisabetta Fabri graduated from JCU in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. Florentine, Ms. Fabri lived between Florence, Rome, Washington and New York, before returning to her hometown, where she lives today.

Her father Ferruccio first established Starhotels in 1980.  In 1992, she made her official debut as an entrepreneur creating Starhotels International and purchasing The Michelangelo New York, which she personally followed until 2000, the year she was appointed CEO and Vice President of Starhotels SpA. Eleven years later, she became President of the company, while remaining the CEO. Under her leadership, Starhotels has undergone a redevelopment of its properties through major investments in restructuring and adding new hotels to its portfolio throughout Italy and Europe, like the acquisitions in Paris and London.

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Today, Starhotels is the only Italian hospitality group with an international presence, whose ownership and management have been held by the same family without interruption for over thirty-five years. A leader in the upscale and upper scale and luxury markets, with 29 hotels in Italy, London, Paris, and New York, Starhotels aims to be an ambassador of high-end Italian lifestyle and hospitality excellence.

A supporter of “Friends of the Uffizi” and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, under Ms. Fabri’s leadership, Starhotels has distinguished itself for the strong commitment to the Italian historic and artistic patrimony. The company’s sponsorships have enabled the restoration of several important monuments: from the 28 Statues of Illustrious Figures in the Loggia of the Uffizi Gallery, to the Maschio Angioino in Naples, and the recent restoration of the balustrades in Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence.

Heading into the third generation, the company has a strong female presence, with women making up 55% of its resources. Recognising their critical role in today’s business world, Elisabetta Fabri supports projects led by Fondazione Pangea Onlus against domestic violence towards women and their children.

Register for the President’s Gala by September 12.