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About us

G.P.S.A. is a strategy and operating consulting company founded in 2012 by Patrick Saussay. Specialized in the Wellness industry, we provide our support to investors, hotel managers, spa managers, brand owners for processes like:

  • Creation of wellness facilities
  • Improvements in spa offer, service quality, economic performances, organization
  • International development of concepts, products, spa brands.

Profitability of spa projects and successful international development can be real challenges. To deal with it, our internal expertise, proven methodology and international network of experts enable us to help you to implement the right success factors for your project. 

Our track record has enabled us to build an effective network of experts capable of intervening depending on your project location and specific needs.  

Patrick Saussay

Patrick Saussay is founder and CEO of Global Project and Spa Advisory, a company dedicated to provide worldwide expertise in strategy, project management, wellness solutions, and to support spa brands international development. With G.P.S.A. and due to his 20 years expertise, he was instrumental in evian®SPA concept definition, through strategy and business plan set up, treatments offer, product brand selection, and he is now in charge of evian®spa international development.

Graduated from AUDENCIA, his expertise is coming from a 15 years experience in consulting part of the big four, before been caught up with his passion for wellness. As an Executive for Arthur Andersen/BearingPoint, he was involved in the transition process of several private and public large organizations such as the French Healthcare Ministry, Paris Head office, CNES, Bloomberg, Saint-Gobain, Thales, and several major hospitals. He was fully dedicated to health-care organizations for three years, balancing quality and efficiency in this very sensitive sector.

Between 2009 and 2012 he was Managing Director of an upscale Swiss spa brand, directly in charge of international development while preserving high quality and originality of the brand. He developed new spa projects and partnerships with five stars resorts, palace and day spa in Istanbul, Antalya, Dubai, Cotonou and Paris where he directly lead all steps of design, implementation and go live of a high end hotel spa in the heart of Paris in 2011. He has a strong focus on quality of delivery, efficiency, project management and balance between aesthetic, customer experience and finance.

He is currently involved in the evolution of wellness offers for private and public actors, spas, thermal stations, cities, brands, and supervises major wellness projects in France, Japan, South Korea, Qatar, Belgium. In charge of evianSPA concept roll out, he manages and brings his expertise to all evianSPA development projects worldwide, including the evolution of the spa of Royal Palace in Evian Les Bains.

Key expertise: Project management, business strategy, organization and planning, hotel spa services, wellness industry, global wellness.

Christine Masson Nicolier

Based on 29 years of experience in the wellness industry, Christine is recognized as a key actor in the spa market. With G.P.S.A. she was involved in evian®SPA concept definition, specifically the treatment menu definition, product brands selection and the creation of all treatments protocols. She began with a 4 years training in Switzerland for a nice institute with its own laboratory.

For Clarins, after 4 years of creation and training of facial and body treatments, she was involved in set up and opening of the first Clarins Institutes in Switzerland. Very active woman in wellness and beauty, she decided in 1999 to create her structure in partnership with an important fitness center in Switzerland. Joining beauty and esthetic treatments, using soft practice like naturopathy, phytotherapy, massage techniques, she worked directly with plastic surgeon.

For after the rain Switzerland, during around 10 years, she was spa director in the first upscale day spa in Europe, in charge of international training and treatments creation, and designed the concept and signature treatments for the first kids spa in Europe.

In 2012, she decided to work as a GPSA consultant in spa, wellness, cosmetics, thalasso therapy, targeting the enhancement of concepts, guest experience, team training and spa organization.

She currently brings her expertise to brands like Evian, Codage, Nescens in Switzerland,.. and performs first class training abroad.

Diploma in aesthetics, aromatherapy, ayurveda, reiki and other techniques. Expertise in spa concept and interior design, quality norms, treatments menu, treatments creation, team hiring and training, spa manager support and training.