Management Board

Maria Koomen

Jean-François Casanova

Bahadır Ateş

Özlem Kavasoğlu

Minority Partners


Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is an investment company headquartered in Singapore. Supported by 11 offices internationally, Temasek owns a net portfolio value of S$306 billion (US$214 billion) as at 31 March 2020. Their portfolio covers a broad spectrum of sectors, including: financial services; telecommunications, media & technology; transportation & industrials; consumer & real estate; life sciences & agribusiness; as well as energy & resources.

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Metric Capital

Established in 2011, Metric Capital Partners is a leading European private capital investor headquartered in London. The firm specialises in bringing creative financing solutions to management teams and stakeholders of large- and mid-sized companies across a wide variety of industries and asset classes. Metric Capital has raised in excess of $2.5bn of capital for its funds from international investors.

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Supervisory Board

Ferit F. Şahenk

Founder and Chairman

John Sinik

Metric – D.ream International Shareholder

Nagi Hamiyeh

Temasek – D.ream International Shareholder

Mustafa Sayir

Board Member

Tevfik Akdağ

Board Member

Eryiğit Umur

Board Member

Akin Tavuz

Board Member


With sustainable, customer-centric growth at the heart of our business strategy, we have curated a team of hospitality professionals who affect a multi-disciplinary approach to leadership. With over one hundred combined years of relevant experience, industry insight and critical thinking, our team is:

Jean-François Casanova

Chief Executive Officer

Jean-François joined D.ream International in 2017 following 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from ESDE Business School and an MBA from IAE in France. Previously, he held leadership roles at various luxury hotels from 1993–2003, including Sofitel, Le Meridien and Hotel Plaza- Athénée. Prior to joining D.ream International, he was a Senior Executive for the Alain Ducasse Group from 2004–2016. He became Chief Operating Officer and Director of Assets at Doğuş International in January 2017 and was elevated to Chief Executive Officer at D.ream International in January 2018.

David McIntyre

Chief Operating Officer

David McIntyre joined D.ream International in 2019 after gaining 25 years of industry experience in Asia, Europe and North America as a Senior Operating Executive. He is highly effective at translating conceptual business models into specific growth strategies and global business development campaigns in order to grow market share and increase sales revenues and EBITDA. Previously, David held posts with MGM Resorts International, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Florida East Coast Industries.

Nicolas Defremont

Global Director of Operations

Nicolas Defremont joined D.ream International in 2018 after gaining more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry across Europe, Asia and the USA. Previously, Nicolas was the Group General Manager for Jason Atherton, and he also had management roles with Joel Robuchon in Asia, Alain Ducasse Enterprise in London, and Gordon Ramsay Holdings both in the US and Europe.

Vincent Pastorello

Global Wine and Beverage Manager

Vincent Pastorello joined D.ream International in 2018 as Global Wine & Beverage Manager. Previously, Vincent was the Wine Director at the Dorchester Hotel in London from 2009-2018. He also previously worked for Gordon Ramsay Holding in Melbourne, Australia and London, England.

Cem Buyukkaya

Chief Investment and Finance Officer

Cem Buyukkaya joined Doğuş Group in 2013. Throughout the time he spent in Group Investments-M&A team he advised many transactions focusing on service and hospitality businesses in multiple markets, including the acquisition of assets for the D.ream International portfolio. Prior to joining the Doğuş Group, Cem gained experience in the PwC audit function and in the corporate banking industry. Cem holds a BA degree in Economics from Anadolu University, a Master of Finance degree from Dokuz Eylul University and a Master of Legal Studies degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is a certified public accountant.