Director, Global Food Services at Google
Michiel Bakker is an international Food & Beverage professional with over 23 years of global experience with food and beverage operations, creating and building out partnerships, hotel food and beverage development and openings, as well as general hotel, service and food and beverage operations.
As the Director of Global Food Services (based in Mountain View, CA) Bakker leads Google’s world-renowned Food Program, supporting all food service related activities and initiatives for Google’s global community. Bakker’s focus areas include developing new insights and evidence on how food experiences can enable individuals and teams to be their best on the short and the long term, and developing internal and external global partnerships to explore and tackle the challenges and opportunities in the broader food systems.
Prior to joining Google, Michiel spent 17 great years with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in various roles. Most recently, he led Starwood’s Food and Beverage in Europe, Africa and the Middle East where he drove operations and guided growth and development. Prior to that, he co-lead Starwood’s F&B efforts in its North American Division and was for many years the F&B leader for Starwood’s new builds and transitions team.
Michiel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Hotel Management School Maastricht (the Netherlands), an MBA from the University of Bradford (United Kingdom), a Master’s degree in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (USA) and a Master’s degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver, Colorado (USA).
Together with his wife Nicolette, Michiel is raising his two sons (Brian and Andrew) in sunny Los Gatos, California. In his spare time, Michiel loves spending time with his family, traveling, walking, eating out, reading and enjoying life.