Director & Co-Founder

Benoit C. Thebaut was born in Paris. He graduated from Institut Superieur European de Gestion with a master’s degree in international business and Marketing before beginning his career with Air France Cargo in Paris. In 2003, Benoit was given the opportunity to move to Shanghai to oversee Air France’s trade lane between China and France and thus began his expat journey to the vibrant city of China. Having extensive knowledge and experience in the logistics industry, Benoit decided that he was ready for the next challenge and set up Riviera in 2005. Now in its 14th year, Riviera is the leading premiere event specialist in China. Benoit enjoys looking for growth opportunities for the business and often finds himself travelling across Asia to discover the next potential market for the agency. Benoit is also a co-founder of Stelliers (previously known as The Hotelier Awards), a leading hotelier awards platform for the hospitality industry that focuses on individual hoteliers and promotes the development of the younger generation of hoteliers.