Kempinski hotel group appoints CEO

Martin R. Smura takes over from Markus Semer, who resigned in March

Martin R. Smura
Martin R. Smura

Kempinski Hotel group has appointed Martin R. Smura as their chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2019.

Smura takes over from Markus Semer, who resigned in March.

Smura, who has several years’ experience in the hospitality industry, has worked across five continents. His most recent role was that of the executive chairman of the board of the Dorint Hotel Group.

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The 50-year-old worked in several management roles, including a seat on the board of Azimut Hotels, Russia’s largest hotel group, and the chairmanship of the board of directors of Adlon Holding.

Some of the big steps in his career happened during the 15 years he was with Intercontinental Hotels Group, among others as Director Operations in East and Western Europe. There, he held his first management post at the age of and he went on to become the youngest Regional GM at 30 years of age.

Speaking about Smura, H.E. Abdulla H. Saif, chairman of the supervisory board, Kempinski AG, said: “We are confident that Martin R. Smura with his outstanding leadership will continue to uphold the grand hotel tradition and quality at Kempinski. 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.

Smura completed his studies at Cornell University, New York and California State University Hayward in San Francisco, where he finished his MBA studies.

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