Dejan Popadic is a seasoned hospitality executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry. During his colorful career, he has earned a reputation as an inspirational leader and forward-thinking visionary.

Dejan’s most notable contributions come from his time at Hyatt EMEA where he served as Corporate Director of Food & Beverage for 5 years before taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer at Azumi, arguably one of the world’s best lifestyle restaurant operators. Earlier this year he re-joined Hyatt EMEA as Regional Vice President – Openings & Transitions where he continues to play a key role in helping shape the company’s growth and guest experiences.

Beyond his impactful work at companies like Hilton, Shangri-La, Nikki Beach, Marriott, Azumi and lately again Hyatt, Dejan Popadic is known for his thoughtfulness and commitment to sustainability and social responsibility. Throughout his professional life, he has time over proven to be a catalyst for transformative change, consistently challenging conventional wisdom and embracing disruptive technologies to elevate colleague engagement and guest experiences. He is a firm believer in the power of collaboration and will highlight the importance of fostering meaningful partnerships to drive growth and success, whenever he can.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Dejan enjoys spending time with his wife Giane, and together they explore country after country with over 110 visited and hopefully many more to come.

Dejan Popadic

Regional Vice President – Openings & Transitions at Hyatt EMEA

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„The program was very well executed. A lot of effort has gone into it very clearly. You have a verygood lineup of speakers.“

Dejan Popadić

Regional Vice President - Openings & Transitions at Hyatt Emea