Kempinski Hotels appoints group CEO

Kempinski CEO

Barbara Muckermann

Worldwide: Luxury hotel group Kempinski has appointed Barbara Muckermann as CEO, the first female leader in its 127-year history.

Muckermann most recently led Silversea Cruises (part of Royal Caribbean Group) and brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to her new role with Kempinski. 

Other luxury brands she has worked with includes Loro Piana, MSC Cruises and NCL.

Following Muckermann’s appointment, Kempinski plans to add 34 hotels and residences to its portfolio in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa in the coming years. Currently, the brand has 82 hotels in 36 countries in the portfolio.

“I could not be more thrilled to be joining Kempinski Hotels as CEO during such a pivotal time for the company”, said Muckermann. “I am delighted to play an integral role in this incredibly iconic brand’s next chapter while honouring its rich history, and very much look forward to working in tandem with amazing colleagues globally to continue to make the Kempinski name synonymous with individual luxury.”

René Nijhof, chairman of the board of directors Kempinski Hotels S.A., said: “Barbara has always been at the forefront of luxury, and her proven ability to elevate the guest experience while simultaneously maximising profitability for leading travel brands made her the ideal choice to lead Kempinski Hotels. Her dynamic, forward-thinking approach will be vital as we continue to usher in a new era of luxury for our brand. As Barbara takes the helm, she will be the first woman in the company’s 127 years of history to lead this iconic brand.”

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