Vincent Vogt, Former Country Manager Air France & KLM

  • 28 Jan 2009 11:00 AM
Vincent Vogt, Former Country Manager Air France & KLM
Formerly based in Budapest, Mr Vogt was responsible for leading the teams in Hungary; Czech Republic; Slovakia; Poland and Romania. Recent achievements include re-organization and integration of the Air France & KLM organizations.

Born in The Netherlands on the 26th May 1953, it has to be said that Vincent Vogt wears his 55 year very well. A self described 'Dutch gypsy', his good humour and fair style have served him well as an expat for 25 years so far.

Fluent in English; Dutch; German and French, Vincent also speaks some Spanish and Bahassa. He enjoys classical music and attending modern theatre, his other leisure activities include biking; horse riding; tennis; swimming and golf.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I came to live in Budapest in Jan 2006 due to my career.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes, in places like France, Singapore, Nigeria , Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Australia

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
Pleasantly surprised by its natural beauty while it was a small culture shock in the kitchen, as a vegetarian I find the Hungarian cuisine a little rough.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Usual things are visiting the Buda Castle, using the funicular to get down to the Four Seasons for food, and then the baths - either Szechenyi or Gellert. A visit to see St Stephen?s Basilica, City Park, Budapest Synagogue, Fine Arts Museum are always on the agenda, along with out of town trips to Szentendre and Esztergom. I also like to take guest for an early morning walk in the hill at Normafa, followed by a cake at nearby Szamos café.

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Compared to the Thai meals I have every day at home, I struggle to have a local favourite, however I do like many of the Hungarian dishes at Café Kor.

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Hungarian Champaigne - extra dry

7.What is your favourite Hungarian word?

8. What do you miss most from home?
The North Sea, the sand dunes and long beaches

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Top event management, especially the creative side

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
Anything admin

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Sydney, which for me is the number one place on earth for quality of life

12. Where do you hope to spend your next holiday?
In the South of France, followed by sailing around Greece

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
The Beatles and the Bee Gees, hiking; camping and mountaineering

14. What can't you resist?
Krémes cake from the Szamos café

15. Red wine or white?
Hungarian Reds from Bock, after meeting the winemaker I have a certain confidence level with his wines

16. Book or movie?
Sports instead

17. Morning person or night person?

18. Dog person or cat person?
Both have shared my expat adventures, at the moment I have two dogs and one cat

19. Buda or Pest side?
100% Buda for the hills and forest

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
Always look on the bright side

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