Rocco Forte hires new GM in St Petersburg

Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria has named Alexander Pichel as General Manager.Alexander joins The Rocco Forte Collection after many years with Hyatt
International, most recently holding the position of General Manager at the Hyatt
Regency Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan; he has also worked in Hyatt hotels in Dubai, Germany,
Argentina, London and France.  Alexander will start at Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria
on 23 October.

With immediate effect, Mirco Zanini has been named General Manager of the Angleterre
Hotel, the four-star sister property that is located next door to Rocco Forte’s
Hotel Astoria.  Mirco joined The Rocco Forte Collection in 1998 as Restaurant
Manager of Hotel Astoria, going on to fulfill several roles before taking over as
Director of Operations for Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria and the Angleterre Hotel,
from where he has been promoted to his new role. 

Commenting on the change of General Manager at Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria, Richard
Power, Managing Director of The Rocco Forte Collection, said, “It is with great
regret that Michael Walsh has left his job at Hotel Astoria and Angleterre Hotel.
Michael had serious heart surgery last year and bravely returned to work after a
short break. However, his doctor has now told him to rest for a year or so in order
to achieve a full recovery and Michael has, therefore, returned to London.”
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