jan chovanecFrom 2005 to 2007 Chovanec was general manager of Conrad Indianapolis, from 2002 to 2005, Chovanec was general manager of Swissotel The Bosphorus, Istanbul. From October 2000 to June 2002, Chovanec was general manager of the Swissotel The Watergate in Washington. From May 1998, he held similar responsibilities at the Swissotel Chicago, which he joined from Swissotel Boston, where he spent three years as General Manager.

Jan Chovanec holds an MBA from the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia. Chovanec is a past president of the Executive Committee of the Istanbul Convention and Visitor Bureau. He also holds memberships with the Istanbul Hotel Association, the Chaine des Rotisseurs, SKAL, the American Society of Quality Control, and the Bratislava University alumni association.