Kempinski hotels has appointed Henk Meyknecht as the new senior vice president, regional operations for the Middle East and Africa.
A seasoned hotelier, Dutch national, Meyknecht brings with him than 30 years’ experience and a skillset of three languages, including fluent Dutch, German and English.
Meyknechat, a graduate of Maastricht Hotel School in the Netherlands has a marketing degree from Cornell University and a degree in Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong.
He has worked extensively in the Middle East region having spent time in Kuwait, Bahrain and, with Kempinski in Jordan overseeing the three hotels there. He has also worked throughout China and Asia, with his most recent posting being at the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.
Commenting on his appointment, Meyknecht said: “I am excited to be back in this dynamic region where Kempinski is growing its portfolio of hotels. I’m looking forward to visiting all of our hotels and owners and to supporting the opening of our new properties in Al Khobar, Beirut and Muscat.”
Also commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Management Board and the CEO of Kempinski Hotels, Markus Semer, said: “We’re delighted that Henk has returned to the region as he brings a level of expertise and skills which are critical to our expansion plans and our existing operations. We’re confident that, as a Kempinski ambassador, he will quickly establish relationships with our owners in the region and drive operational performance.”