Iván Chávez, Executive Vice President of Grupo Vidanta – Mexico’s premier resort developer employing over 15,000 people in seven beach destinations – is one of the most recognized young business leaders in the Mexican tourism industry.
Son of Grupo Vidanta founder Daniel Chávez Morán, Chávez, who joined the organization in 2007 after receiving a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, is charged with the domestic and global expansion of the company's resort and entertainment interests. He actively participates in all aspects of Grupo Vidanta, including strategic planning, design, construction, operations, sales, and marketing. From the acquisition phase to determining the look and feel of the resort experience, Chávez is involved in all decisions – large and small.
Since joining Grupo Vidanta, Chávez has overseen the launch of Vidanta’s ultra-luxury resort brand, Grand Luxxe, which has earned the AAA Five Diamond Award by the American Automobile Association, the world’s most respected hospitality quality rating system.
Chávez is responsible for forging strong partnerships between Grupo Vidanta and a variety of global entertainment leaders. In 2014, Grupo Vidanta introduced JOYÀ, the first Cirque du Soleil resident show operating outside Las Vegas or Orlando. Consistently sold-out and met with rave reviews, the intimate performance and dining experience is housed in the Cirque du Soleil Theater – a spectacular custom built theater which, in 2015, was awarded 1st place by Obras Magazine and Grupo Expansión recognizing it as Mexico’s most important construction project from over 1,000 applicants.
Under Chávez’s leadership, Grupo Vidanta also announced the construction of a 1.3 billion dollar entertainemnt project, the world’s first theme park animated by Cirque du Soleil currently under development in Nuevo Vallarta.
In addition, Chávez is responsible for Grupo Vidanta’s partnership with the Hakkasan Group – the premier name in lifestyle entertainment – which will result in three new daylife, nightlife, and dining concepts at Vidanta Los Cabos in 2017, with countless future projects, including a new hotel, in the pipeline.
Chávez is a board member of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program in Washington, DC and graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and double major in Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining Grupo Vidanta, Chávez worked as a restauranteur in Texas and as a financial analyst for Credit Suisse in New York City.