Hakkasan Group is proud to announce that as of January 1, 2020, Michael Southern, our Chief Financial Officer, added the title of “President” to his existing title of “CFO”. Michael has demonstrated strong leadership qualities and has accomplished many great things since joining the Hakkasan group family and along with him came much-needed dynamism, fun and openness.
Q: What are your top 3 biggest accomplishments in 2019 that are you are most proud of?
A: Connecting with Hakkasan Group’s employees.In my role, I really believe it is important to connect with as many members of the teams around the world as possible.This allows me to learn from each of you who have a unique knowledge of the industry, sectors, and communities we’re in.I have personally met with many of you and I will continue to do this in 2020 and beyond.
Implementing a more detailed and consistent communication plan globally.I truly believe the more information our leaders and teams have, the more successful we will be in our widely competitive industry.I will continue to refine the plan and perfect this in the future.
Looking at the business objectively and proactively to create the right team to lead Hakkasan Group into the future.2019 was about making those changes and 2020 is about growing and moving the business forward.We must consider innovation in our industry and work more efficiently going forward. I believe the changes to the team in 2019, however challenging, put us in the best position in the industry to achieve this.
Q: What are you most excited about in 2020 for Hakkasan Group?
A: I am excited about the new deals we can sign and markets we can enter to make a larger global impact.We already have several deals signed and/or in the pipeline in the first month of 2020. I really believe our new mission and values will develop these deals into amazing brands, venues and experiences.
Q: After being a part of Hakkasan Group for one year, dare we ask, what is your one favorite venue?
A: On the restaurant side, Hakkasan Mayfair.The team there always makes it such a special place and I am never disappointed.In regards to clubs, OMNIA Las Vegas.What the team created and maintains on a daily basis is truly amazing.I think sometimes we forget how special it really is.Over the summer, I hosted my brother at OMNIA and he said on the way home “that was the best night of my life”.
We often focus on all the areas we need to work on but we should not lose sight of the fact that hundreds of thousands of people come through our doors around the world and truly have once-in-a-lifetime experiences.Thank you to every member of our teams that makes this happen every day around the world.
Q: What is your favorite entree at any of our restaurants?
A: I always love Hakkasan’s Dim Sum Platter.Consistent across the world and something I enjoy as part of a group to get the dinner started or alone sitting at the bar with a glass of wine.
Q: What is your most memorable venue experience this past year?
A: Taking my father to Hakkasan New York. My father is not an adventurous gentleman when it comes to food – eating soft shell crab with him was really a lovely moment. We all work hard every day and being able to share our creations and innovations with our closest family is always a special moment for me.
Q: What do you like most about Hakkasan Group?
A: The energy of the teams around the world.There really is true passion and pride to work for Hakkasan Group and I see it in different ways every day.I was welcomed by teams worldwide and that was a huge relief for me personally and professionally.Even duringchallenging times and conversations over the last year, our teams always addressed them with a respectful and constructive approach.Let’s continue to work together as a true global team, Crafting Remarkable Experiences.