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Normally it takes at least 10 years to become a corporate business icon. Yet, the letters "PY" can only be one person.
PY's career to date has included member of the French Olympic Ice Hockey team, Vice President of Park Operations at Disneyland Paris, Chief Executive of the Dome and today, he runs the largest Leisure property group in the UK... And he's a scratch golfer too!
After 15 years of success in Corporate Rescue, which included, turning Disney into Europe's biggest visitor attraction, and several other turnarounds for the WDC, Disney CEO Michael Eisner recommended him to Tony Blair and PY was appointed Chief Executive of the Dome in February 2000. Today, capitalizing on his "corporate rescuer" career (9 successful turnarounds since 1991), PY is Chief Executive of X-Leisure, which grew, from £70m of asset under management, since PY joined in 2001, to more than £1.3 billion in 2007. X_Leisure is today, the UK's largest leisure owner and fastest growing premier leisure brand with a portfolio of 20 exciting and innovative entertainment and leisure destinations strategically located around the UK.
PY is, today, regarded as one of the "gurus" of the Property/Leisure/retail/entertainment industries, acknowledged by his election as Leisure personality of the year 2003 Leisure Industry consistent Innovator award in 2006, award for best Global Leisure operator in 2007 and just was finalist for the Best Executive in Europe awards in 2010.
As an academic, PY has lectured since 2001, on the MBA program of the London Business School, and at the as a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College, running a module on the Experienced Economy and corporate rescue.
PY is also chairman of JLA Associates, a corporate entertainment company, and non-executive chairman of PSP, a sports management business venture.
Passionate about golf PY has been also the non-executive chairman of Precision Golf for the past 2 years, the market leader in custom fitting golf clubs industry.