Kempinski names incoming CEO

Martin R. Smura to take the reins for German luxury hotelier

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Luxury hotelier Kempinski Group has tapped Martin R. Smura to be its Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 July 2019.

Graduating from Cornell University, New York and California State University Hayward in San Francisco, Smura has held roles with InterContinental Hotels Group for 15 years. He has been on the board of Azimut Hotels in Russia and served as chairman of the board of directors of Adlon Holding. Most recently, the 50-year-old was Executive Chairman of the Board of the Dorint Hotel Group.

His Excellency Abdulla H. Saif, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Kempinski AG commented on Smura’s appointment: “We are confident that Martin R. Smura, with his outstanding leadership, will continue to uphold the grand hotel tradition and quality at Kempinski. In particular, his leadership skills, strategic vision regarding the brand’s further expansion, his excellent network and long-standing bonds of trust, also with our partners, will strengthen the group’s position for the future.

“At the same time I would like to sincerely thank Markus Semer for his invaluable involvement and dedication towards the Kempinski Group over the last 16 years and over the last three years as CEO for having successfully repositioned and succeeded in making the company profitable by setting a financially sound strategy with an achieved sustainable net portfolio growth.

“Kempinski, which is celebrating its 122nd anniversary this year, has never been stronger and more competitive as an independent international hotel luxury brand, and we owe Markus Semer and the team our appreciation for this remarkable achievement,” HE Saif remarked.

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