Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, Qatar has made three new senior appointments.
Christoph Strahm has been selected as the new hotel manager, while Matyas Bak has come on board as director of rooms, and Asif Akash has been appointed executive housekeeper.
Swiss national Christoph Strahm started his career in 2005 at Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains in St Moritz, Switzerland, in the food and beverage department.
After working with Sofitel in Vietnam, Strahm returned to Kempinski, taking on leading roles in Yinchuan and Dalian in China, before being appointed general manager of Hôtel des Mille Collines by Kempinski, where he facilitated the takeover of the historical “Hotel Rwanda”.
Matyas Bak started his career in the US in 2005, before joining Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in his hometown, Budapest, Hungary, in 2006.
Bak took on managerial front office and reservations roles in Bulgaria, Dubai and Slovakia with the group and held the position of regional rooms specialist for Europe.
He also assisted with the opening of Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden in Germany, and managed projects in Myanmar, Djibouti, Chad and Kenya.
Bak will lead the front office and housekeeping departments while also overseeing the recreation facilities and activities.
Asif Akash started his career with Kempinski in 2004 and has since been appointed to managing roles in Djibouti, Seychelles, Bahrain, Riyadh, Al Khobar and, most recently, Kinshasa in the DRC Congo.
Akash will manage the housekeeping department along with Cornelia Zschunke, who has recently been promoted to director of housekeeping and will be involved in all the future hotel openings in the Middle East and Africa region.
Wissam Suleiman, general manager at Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha, commented: “I am thrilled to welcome these three talented managers.
“Their appointments and expertise will help us to continue our emphasis on delivering excellence, innovation and results for our guests and stakeholders, ultimately helping to secure the continued success of Marsa Malaz Kempinski over the coming years.”
Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha opened in January 2015.
The resort features 281 rooms and suites, 11 F&B outlets, a 150m private beach and the only Spa by Clarins in the Middle East, along with conference and events facilities.