Roger Tondeur is Founder, Chairman and President of MCI. Roger founded MCI in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1987. The company grew quickly in size and reputation to become the leading event management company in Geneva and a second office opened in Zurich in 1999. Further expansion has been swift, with MCI now boasting a gross margin €148 million (in 2015) and with offices across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and India, the Middle East and Africa.
Despite rapid growth, MCI remains a family company and in 2010 Roger handed over the reins to his son, Sébastien Tondeur, who now leads the company as CEO. Today, as Chairman, President and member of the Executive Committee, Roger continues to play a key role in the strategic direction of the group.
Over the course of his career, Roger has played an influential role in many industry associations. He is a member and Past President of the Society of Incentive Travel Executives (SITE) and a member of Meetings Professional International (MPI), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the International Special Events Society (ISES). A partner of INCON (Global Partnership in Conferences & Events), Roger also sits on several committees for convention centre development and incentive business planning. In 2007, Roger was inducted into the prestigious CIC Hall of Leaders, an honour for influential leaders who have shaped the industry over a lifetime of accomplishment.
After finishing his studies and travelling around Europe, Roger gained his first experience of event management by organising a series of concerts in Paris. Before founding MCI, Roger worked for Wagonlit Travel as Head of Branch and Inbound Department, Geneva, and Managing Director, Switzerland, and during his five years as Managing Director, Wagonlit Travel took over the management of TELECOM, the world’s largest telecoms exhibition with over 250,000 visitors.