Bespoke Leadership Solutions for Hospitality


Executive Search

Sourcing and attracting top talent for senior executive leadership roles. Bespoke, discreet headhunting grounded in deep hospitality sector expertise and unparalleled market access. A hands-on, tailored approach ensures impactful results.

Diversity: Cervus Leadership Consulting is committed to promoting diversity in the workplace and works closely with its clients to actively build teams with diverse backgrounds and to promote the diversity agenda. On behalf of its clients, Cervus is committed to proactively considering candidates that represent every race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation or disability.

Talent Advisory

Advisory to hiring organisations on the competitive talent landscape, sharing of market intelligence, identification of rising stars and advice on talent acquisition strategy.

Individual advisory aimed at counselling hospitality executives on their career path, personal branding and positioning.

Due Diligence

Supporting investors in their due diligence process when assessing management teams and leadership of target acquisition companies. Leveraging sector expertise, access and market knowledge, to provide objective feedback on management’s capabilities and, where necessary, recommend alternatives for improved alignment with the proposed strategy.

Executive Pay

Advice on market competitive executive compensation plans. Our unrivalled sector access facilitates bespoke compensation benchmarking surveys, as well as design and development of tailored bonus and incentive plans.

“I have engaged Chris on numerous occasions over the years and have always valued his expertise and advice. The talent pool that he has been able to produce has been excellent and resulted in many successful (tenured) executives and key players.”

Bart Carnahan – President, Global Development and Portfolio Management

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

“I have for many years now sought Chris’s advice, or point of view on various professional matters, both personally and as a client. He brings an intellectual, human and pragmatic view to the table that make his insights particularly valuable.”

Stephen Alden – Former CEO, Raffles & Orient Express


“Over the past few years, YOTEL has transitioned from a start-up environment to a scaleup business employing over 1,000 associates across 4 continents. The single most important factor for our success is our people. As a trusted advisor, Chris has been pivotal in finding the best talents and designing the right organization for our business across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. His judgement and market knowledge have always been highly valued.”

Hubert Viriot – Chief Executive Officer


“I have known Chris Mumford for almost 20 years. He was key in securing many of Radisson Hotel Group’s key development executives in EMEA who are all performing extremely well. In my book, he comes highly recommended for critical executive search assignments.”

Elie Younes – EVP & Chief Development Officer

Radisson Hotel Group

“Chris Mumford has assisted me in building my teams over the years and I can recommend him without hesitation as he has excellent industry knowledge and network.”

Jochen Schaefer-Suren – Founder and Co Chairman


“Chris took on a challenging search for us and did a great job finding the ideal Managing Director for our remote, luxury resort in Panama.”

Chaz Rockey – Director of Business Development

Belvedere Property Management


Chris Mumford – Founder

Cervus Leadership Consulting is founded by Chris Mumford. Chris has an extensive track record in advising the global hospitality sector in the areas of leadership and talent. He works on behalf of brands, operators, family offices, private equity, and sovereign wealth funds across the Hotel, Casino, Serviced Apartment, Hostel, Branded Residential, and operational Real Estate sectors.

Active throughout EMEA, Asia and the Americas, Chris is a frequent speaker and author on human capital issues in the hospitality industry. A member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, Chris is a promoter of hospitality as a career choice and an active advocate for greater diversity in the workplace.

Chris also serves as Head of Leadership Services on behalf of HoCoSo, a multi-discipline hospitality consulting firm, and is board advisor to LHC International, a multi-sector recruitment firm. Having lived and worked in Germany, Japan and New York, Chris now resides in London with his wife and two sons and is passionate about anything that goes fast on four wheels.

* Cervus is a genus of deer. The deer is a representative animal for the Enneagram Type Six personality. Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. They are loyal, form strong lasting bonds, keep an eye out for danger, foresee problems and foster cooperation. Chris is an Enneagram Six.

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