MEET THE HEART & SOUL OF HOTEL TECHNOLOGY
The Heart & Soul of Hotel Technology
A combination of passion, know-how, and geekiness drives each of us daily to improve the way in which hotels work and communicate.
Our secret? Our people!
They are what makes protel so special.
The protel Management Team
CEO & Co-Founder
After having studied computer science at the University of Dortmund, Ingo Dignas co-founded protel together with Manfred Osthues in 1994.
Ingo is the leading force in the development of protel’s architecture and products, and under his technical direction, the company has grown to provide products and services to more than 14,000 hotels worldwide, also becoming recognized as one of the most innovative technology companies in the hospitality industry.
CEO & Co-Founder
After completing his degree in Administrative Hotel & Hospitality Management at Tegernsee College of Hotel Management, Manfred served in multiple leadership roles at Fidelio and Siemens Nixdorf.
In 1994 he went on to co-found protel together with Ingo Dignas. Manfred is the leading force in the development of protel’s sales and expansion model through partnerships, and under his strategic direction the company has grown to provide products and services to more than 14,000 hotels worldwide, also becoming recognized as one of the most innovative technology companies in the hospitality industry.
Director of Product Management
Senior Sales Executive – North America
Director of Integrations
Friedemann joined protel in 2018, taking on the challenge of consolidating all types of integration technology and bring forward the single integration method that enables the protel Service Marketplace.
Friedemann oversees the execution of integration certifications and creates the technical strategy for our development teams. With over twenty years of experience in hospitality technology, Friedmann spent eighteen years at MICROS Systems, where he gained the intrinsic knowledge on interface development.
Director of Marketing
VP Global Support
Ken joined protel in 2017, taking over responsibility for protel’s international support network.
His clear focus is on ensuring that sustainable systems are developed and introduced, that will enable continued rapid growth, while at the same time constantly aiming to improve the quality and range of services which we deliver and that our customers and the hospitality world expect.
With nearly two decades of experience in hospitality technology, Ken has gained vast experience in running a high-volume, multi-product and multilingual technical support environment.
VP Business Development
Linda joined protel in 2017 with the aim to further expand protel’s market reach and to safeguard the relation between software and business development, the key to innovation and true market leadership.
With more than 17 years of experience in hospitality technology, Linda is deeply involved in all aspects of the customer lifecycle.
Having served as Director of OPERA for Europe, Africa & Middle East at MICROS Inc for a number of years, she is intimately familiar with the technology requirements of the largest global hotel groups
Director of Business Technology
Rob van der Heijden
Rob van der Heijden
Director of Software Development and ITOps
Wilco de Weerd
Director Product Strategy & Optimization
Wilco de Weerd
VP Sales G/A/S
Read what our Staff say about working here!
"At protel you can get involved as a developer and thanks to many projects you can make a lot of progress."
"What particularly inspires me at protel is the fact that many clever minds meet here, with consistently high expectations, and thus repeatedly make the impossible possible."
"The reason why I feel comfortable at protel and am happy to come to work every day: protel is a very modern, cool and flexible company as an employer."
"I applied for a full-time position when I was part-time. protel was one of the few companies to whom my qualifications were more important than the fact that I was a young mother. They also gave me responsibility for an exciting and varied project."
"Working at protel every day reminds me of what it used to be like running a business. Challenging, diverse and highly motivational; it's worth every minute when I look back and see what we've achieved as a team in the industry."
"What makes me happy at protel? Great colleagues, career opportunities, and I can combine my hobby, travelling, with my job."
"Not just any job."
"Working at protel has given me a chance to grow and develop."
"The words that I would use to describe my first few days at protel would be: warm, dynamic, friendly, hectic, but above all; FUN! Everyone is super helpful and is willing to explain how things work, where to go and how to get around, both with the different products, as well as within the office buildings. It really is an exciting time for Protel and is great to be a part of it!"
"For me, the most important thing is to stay curious. At protel I learn something new every day and hope never to experience the day when there is nothing left for me to learn."
"At protel, I really like the fact that you can rely 100% on your colleagues standing behind you. The extensive system and the possibility to learn something new about the software even after years make the job so interesting and ensure constant variety."
"Why I like it here? A lot of people are positively a little bit crazy and some are probably weird. And that we are all focused on delivering the best possible solution. If this requires some craziness sometimes, even better…"
"At protel, I can proactively shape the future of hotel software. Here new ideas are HEARD instead of ignored."
"The working environment is really great. The colleagues are always helpful and I had the chance to learn from many experienced coworkers."
"I love new technologies and the versatility of software development. Protel offers both. If you have good ideas or improvements, then you are given time to put them into practice."
"The ability and the will to constantly improve, and the unbelievably helpful colleagues make us strong. Recognition and responsibility from day one give me motivation to push software development with all my might."
We develop hotel software that is fun to use and can be enhanced and combined with various toolsets – the perfect solution for hotels of all sizes. Meeting our client’s expectations and demands from all over the world is our directive when creating solutions for everyday use at the hotel.
Over 25 years' global experience
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