Shaping our future

Digital Transformation and Service Automation


What we do

Key Partners is an independent Advisory & Ventures firm focusing on Digital Transformation and Service Automation. We are based in Paris, with a global reach and hands-on experience.

We are passionate about leveraging technology to help businesses transform.

Our clients include blue-chip company top executives and board directors, ambitious entrepreneurs and private funds – all seeking new value creation.

Founded by Javier Cedillo Espin and Sebastien Vassort in 2020.



We believe that digitalisation help service companies put what really matters at the heart of their concerns: people.


Who we are

Javier Cedillo Espin

Javier Cedillo Espin

Founding Partner

Javier Cedillo Espin is a Travel expert and entrepreneur with over two decades leading digital transformations in key global markets across North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. Solid experience working at Starwood Hotels and Accor Hotels, coupled by the CEO roles at Airbnb-like tech-enabled businesses has given him fresh and unique perspective of the future of Travel and solid thought leadership in FT, New York Times, Forbes, and Bloomberg, among others. Graduate of the Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, holds an MBA from ESSEC-Mannheim Business School and a Diploma in Japanese Language from Hokuriku University. He is fluent in English, French, Japanese and Spanish.

Sebastien Vassort

Sebastien Vassort

Founding Partner

Sebastien Vassort is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur with over 15+ years of professional experience in strategy, innovation, digital and customer experience in Travel, Hospitality & Digital Services in Europe. Solid experience working at Starwood Capital Group, Concorde Hotels & Resorts,, Accor Hotels and Webhelp. Particularly interested and involved in digital disruption and technology shift incl. Artificial Intelligence in Travel. Holds a MBA from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration (USA) and ESSEC Business School (France). He is fluent in English and French.

Johanna Wagner

Johanna Wagner

Associate Partner

Johanna Wagner earned strong exposure to many hospitality management topics thanks to hands-on jobs, brokerage & consultancy missions, financial responsibilities at hotel level and strategic projects at investor level during the past 10 years. Solid experience working at BNP Paribas Real Estate Hotels, Four Seasons & Covivio. She is involved in
lecturing activities in leading international Hospitality Management Programs in Europe. Dedicated to creating value both for business
owners, she puts a strong focus on People, Sustainability and Innovation. Holds a MBA from IMHI-ESSEC Business School. She is fluent in English and French.


Service is digitally transforming. Airlines, Accommodation, and Real Estate companies are under pressure to improve guest experience, grow revenue, protect margins, and are looking for new ways to grow – from developing new concepts, M&As, to looking to the cloud, and other applications to modernize operations and improve resilience. Key Partners Ventures founders  have been at the leading edge of this transformation journey and are passionate about developing with partners actionable plans on business issues and strategic challenges.


Digital Transformation and Service Automation

Deep Innovation Expertise 

Find top experts with real-life work experience and proven success track record from most innovative companies to help you implement your transformation agenda.

We make our Key Partners yours

We work with those who make innovation happen, not those who just talk about it. Leverage Key Partners’ vast network of global experts in corporate innovation, digital transformation, new business models, innovation culture and disruptive technology trends. All experts are hand-picked for you, vetted and pre-screened. Use practical packaged solutions to help you turn your inefficient R&D CAPEX into a lean and result-driven Innovation OPEX, with transparent budgets, tangible milestones and impactful outcomes.  Our customers include the leading companies that achieved successful transformation results.


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Yours projects and challenges

Digital Transformation

Create a custom proposition blueprint to lead your company into the future


Customer Experience

Reimagine the customer journey and build unique experience for a digital world


Product Design

Immerse yourself in design thinking, meet experts and test the latest technology


Innovation Culture

Build a strong culture to keep your company ahead of digital disruption



Digital Experiences and NextGen Real Estate

Business Acceleration

Leverage Key Partners to find resources for the exponential growth of your business. Embedded in the innovation ecosystem for a decade, Key Partners has helped hundreds of the world’s biggest corporations in travel, hospitality and short-term rental deliver on their innovation agendas through partnerships with startups. Early-stage companies have the opportunity to leverage this extensive network of our past and current clients whilst also working with us to identify other established enterprises ready to innovate through collaboration with, and investment in, the entrepreneur community.

Key Partners Ventures

We help corporations grow in the constantly changing world by connecting them with innovative startups and visionary founders.

Digital Experiences and Services

We are developing unique digital experiences in travel, hospitality and & flexible rental.


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Venture Open Living

Open Living

Frictionless co-living end-to-end operating system. First to transform the way we service co-living providers while building meaningful experiences and co-liver networks.


Hey, Leo!

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NextGen Real Estate Projects

We are developing unique investments opportunities in flexible rental.

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