"Prior to his appointment at Cognita, Dean Villa was the Property Director of GEMS, responsible for the property acquisition of new and existing schools, facilities management, and procurement for the entire schools portfolio. Dean had formerly spent eighteen years as Development Director for Whitbread plc. He was responsible for managing a restaurant estate of several thousand properties, and the rollout of several successful new brands within the UK. Dean left Whitbread to become Property Director for Thistle Hotels, with responsibility for the asset management of fifty-six hotels, valued at over £1 billion." 
- Property Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cognita
Resources and articles
- Cognita Executive team, organizational web page, accessed July 12, 2012.