BB Holdings Group has great pleasure in announcing that Giovanni Valenti, former Head Concierge and Ambassador of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Hong Kong, joined us as our Group Operations Director. Among other things, Giovanni will lead the group to launch our new state-of-the-art jazz club in Lan Kwai Fong, the BB Jazz lounge , in mid-March, 2018.
Giovanni Valenti is often described as a Hong Kong legend. Having been an integral part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for nearly 40 years, Giovanni is nearly as iconic as the Mandarin Oriental itself.
As Head Concierge, Giovanni Managed a team of 72 people and a fleet of 21 limousines for the Mandarin; and during his 40-year tenure at the Mandarin, Giovanni met, befriended, entertained and tended to an exalted list of royals; movie stars; musicians; politicians; and other VIPs. Princess Dian; Elizabeth Taylor; and former President of the United States, Richard Nixon to name just a few.
Thanks to his extensive knowledge of languages and his friendly attitude, Giovanni handled every facet of his job with great aplomb.
In 1991, Giovanni was recognized and became the President of the Hong Kong Golden Keys Society.
In 2006, Giovanni reached the exalted heights and was knighted by the government in his native Italy. His full title is now Cavaliere Giovanni Valenti, but, ever the humble gentleman, he prefers to be known as just ‘Giovanni’.
We, at BB Holdings Group, are very fortunate and honoured that Giovanni has chosen to join our group and we look forward to a long and lustrous future ahead working with him.