Mandarin Oriental shakes up management

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has appointed five new General Managers at its hotels in Hong Kong, Boston, Beijing, Macau and Munich.Anthony Costa, most recently employed as Resident Manager of the group’s flagship Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, has been appointed General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental. Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, he was with the Four Seasons Hotel Group, where he held the position of Hotel Manager at their Dublin property. He has also held senior managerial roles with Radisson SAS Group in Leeds and Helsinki as well as Airth Castle, Scotland.

Susanne Hatje, most recently General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, will become General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Boston, opening in 2008. Prior to taking up her Hong Kong position, Ms Hatje held senior management positions with Mandarin Oriental hotels in Hawaii and Munich. Having opened the Hong Kong hotel in 2005, Ms Hatje is now looking forward to launching the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Boston located adjacent to the Prudential Center on prestigious Boylston Street.

Pierre Barthes, most recently General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Macau has moved to Beijing to open the Mandarin Oriental, Beijing. Located in the new, landmark headquarters of China Central Television in the central business district of the Chinese capital, the hotel is scheduled to open in time for the Beijing Olympic games in 2008. A French native, Mr Barthes has a wealth of more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. He joined the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in 1998 and held a variety of senior management positions in the Group’s US hotels. Prior to his Macau appointment in 2004, Mr Barthes was Resident Manager at Mandarin Oriental, New York, where he contributed to the successful opening of the hotel.

Michael Ziemer will replace Pierre Barthes as General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Macau. For the past three years Michael has been General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Munich, and most recently oversaw the stylish room renovation at this elegant hotel. He is now looking forward to returning to Asia, where he was Resident Manager of the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong prior to his move to Europe. Mr Ziemer has more than 23 years of hospitality experience, which includes senior management positions in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental in 2003, Mr Ziemer was Hotel Manager of the Ritz-Carlton in Hong Kong.

Lars Wagner has been appointed General Manager of the Mandarin Oriental, Munich. Mr Wagner, who is new to the group, has two decades of senior experience in the global hospitality industry. He was Hotel Manager for the Four Seasons, Prague and Resort Manager for Four Seasons, Provence. Mr Wagner was most recently General Manager of the well known InterContinental Paris, Le Grand Hotel.