New GM at IHG's Phoenicia and Le Vendome in Beirut

Robert Herr replaces Georg Weinlaender, who is leaving Lebanon for his native Austria for a travel trade consultancy opportunity

Robert Herr
Robert Herr

Robert Herr has been appointed area general manager (AGM) for the Phoenicia and Le Vendôme InterContinental hotels in Beirut, Lebanon.

Herr replaces previous AGM Georg Weinlaender, who has returned to his native Austria to pursue a travel trade consultancy opportunity.

Weinlaender has worked in 15 countries on five continents, completing 27 years with Hilton and six years at Leading Hotels of the World, before joining IHG in January 2009. During his tenure, the Phoenicia traded amongst the top five InterContinental hotels globally.

Michael Koth, director of operations Levant & general manager IC Jordan said: "In his more than six years his leadership style was synonymous with care, vision, creativity, gastronomic excellence, discipline, project management and collaboration. It is because of these values that both hotels mastered the recent economically challenging years and stayed on top of their quality and engagement scores."

The new AGM, Herr, joined IHG in 1993 as a rooms division trainee and as a member of the Fast Track graduate development program. Since then he has taken on a number of operational roles at InterContinental Hotels in Hamburg, Paris, Leipzig, New York, Vienna, Prague leading up to his first general manager assignment in 2003 at the Crowne Plaza Hamburg.

He then became the pre-opening and opening GM of the InterContinental Duesseldorf, followed by the InterContinental Prague and at IHG's flagship property in Berlin where he took over the helm in 2010.

Koth said: "Robert brings a wealth of strong operational and international leadership experience having worked across two continents and five countries."

A Swiss national and fluent in German, English, French and Italian, Herr holds a degree in hospitality management from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, Switzerland as well as a Master of Business Administration from Henley University, Oxfordshire, UK.

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